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Women’ s health- recovery from fibromyalgia (completed)

The study is based on qualitative research interviews with women who report that they have been cured from chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain.  All informants had previously had the diagnosis of fibromyalgia diagnosis, but did not meet the diagnostic criteria anymore.


Central themes for investigation from the interviews of women with prior chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain are:

  • How do the women experience themselves as ill and healthy?
  • How do they experiences their recovery processes?
  • What are they doing  in order to get better/stay healthy?


Collection of data ongoing.


Previous studies of women's health have shown that for some women chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain may disappear. To learn from the experiences of these women about their processes towards a better health is essential for broadening the existing knowledge in this field and to raise ideas to improve non-pharmacological approaches like primary health care physiotherapy. Thus, experience and recovery are key concepts in this study. Experience is understood as a relational and cultural phenomenon. Recovery is linked to the understanding of disease and health, and the recovery is about to "get out of " an illness situation to becoming well or feeling well.


Norwegian Fund for Post-Graduate Training in Physiotherapy.


Oslo University Hospital - Rikshospitalet

Start - Finish

01 08 2010 - 31 07 2014

Published May 21, 2011 5:49 PM - Last modified Feb. 7, 2020 3:16 PM


Main supervisor

Anne Marit Mengshoel

PhD student

Hedda Eik Grape