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ARCANJO, Giselle Notini; VALDES, Maria Teresa Moreno  and  SILVA, Raimunda Magalhães da. Quality of life in the perception of women participating in educative workshops about back pain. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2008, vol.13, suppl.2, pp.2145-2154. ISSN 1678-4561.

The aim of this study was to analyze how women with back pain perceived their quality of life after having attended educational workshops on back pain directed to self-care and prevention. This qualitative study was conducted in a Higher Education Institution in Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil, during the months April and May 2005, using a sample of nine women who had concluded eight workshops. The focal group method was selected for data collection, and the sessions were filmed and recorded. Data were grouped into categories and sequentially analyzed. All women thought they had a good quality of life, independently of having a poor health, no money and no a job. All this was overcome by their faith in God. All women reported that, before the workshops, the pain had interfered in their daily and social lives and that, after the intervention, the pain had calmed down or disappeared. The awareness of self-care provided physical, intellectual and emotional well being, improved mobility and decision-making and allowed them to return to their activities. Besides, it helped to eliminate or reduce pain medication. The study made us realize the importance of evaluating the quality of life in order to guide us in the choice of the most effective therapeutic measures.

Keywords : Quality of life; Back pain; Woman; Qualitative study.

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