In this issue of Scandinavian Journal of Pain, Sara Edlund and her colleagues explore pain patients’ perceptions of validation and invalidation from their physicians pre- and post-treatment . Validation/invalidation is a promising area of research in pain management, focusing on the importance of feeling accepted and understood. Whilst validating responses communicate understanding and acceptance to another (i.e. that their thoughts, feelings and/or behaviours are understandable and legitimate), invalidation communicates non-understanding and non-acceptance (i.e. that the individual’s experiences are somehow wrong or illegitimate) [2,3,4].This study explores several important questions in validation research which have not yet been investigated; Can pain patients be clustered in terms of their perceptions of validation/invalidation from their physician? Are patients’ perceptions of validation/invalidation from their physician stable over time? How do perceptions of feeling understood and accepted (or not) by the physician affect patients’ experiences of pain (in terms of pain intensity and severity ratings, mood, pain catastrophizing, anxiety sensitivity and treatment outcome)?1High validation and low invalidation important for outcome of pain rehabilitationFindings from this research suggest that most patients in this study felt understood by their physician pre- and post treatment. However, a small group of patients did not, rating their encounter with the
Scandinavian Journal of Pain – de Gruyter
Published: Oct 1, 2017
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