Presentation T P21

T P21 (Poster Presentation):
How can a brief intervention contribute to coping with back pain? A focus group study

Presented by: Eline Ree

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Harris A2, Indahl A1,2,3, Tveito TH1,3, Malterud K1,4

  1. Uni Health, Uni research, Bergen, Norway
  2. Department of Health Promotion and Development, University of Bergen, Norway
  3. Department of Research and Development, Clinic Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Vestfold Hospital Trust, Stavern, Norway
  4. Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, University of Bergen, Norway



A brief back pain intervention based on non-directional communication of a non-injury model reduces sick leave, but little is known about why it is perceived as helpful by the participants. This study explores how individuals who had participated in the intervention, perceived connections between the intervention and their subsequent coping.


Three focus-group discussions were conducted with a sample of ten employees, who had participated in a brief intervention for back pain, perceived the intervention as helpful, and had returned or remained at work subsequent to the intervention. Systematic text condensation was used for the analysis.


Preliminary results: The participants considered information delivered in a comprehensible way by trustworthy experts as helpful aspects of the intervention. Understanding why they felt pain and that it was not a sign of a serious disease, changed the participants’ perception of how they could live with it. The participants now exceeded their previous limits, and dared to do activities they previously had avoided due to fear.


Information based on a non-injury model delivered in a comprehensible way, with health professionals perceived as trustworthy experts, helped participants to cope with their pain. These seem to be important aspects of brief back pain interventions.

Schedule Details

Tuesday September 30
12:45 - 13:45 Poster Viewing
Session: Disability management