“It Sounds Like a Drama:” Hearing Stories of Chronic Low Back Pain Through Poetic (Re)presentation

Cross, Vinette; McGowan, Janet; McCrum, Carol; Defever, Emmanuel; Stenner, Paul; Lloyd, Phil; Poole, Robert and Moore, Ann P (2016). “It Sounds Like a Drama:” Hearing Stories of Chronic Low Back Pain Through Poetic (Re)presentation. Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation, 30 pp. 1–9.

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Abstract

A poetic voice develops in different ways and from different sources. In this paper, a poetic voice is brought to the experiences of patients and family members as recounted in the first phase of a UK National Health Service funded Q-methodological study, the key outcomes of which are summarized. Their stories are presented as a single poetic performance text crafted from the analysis of combined transcripts of three focus group discussions. The performance bears witness to the sadness, frustration, and resolve of those living with chronic low back pain, and offers an additional hearing to that provided by the main study.

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