Stenner, Paul, Vinnette Cross, Carol McCrum, Janet McGowan, Emmanuel Defever, Phil Lloyd, Robert Poole, & Ann P Moore (2015, November). Self-management of chronic low back pain: Four viewpoints from patients and healthcare providers. Health Psychology Open, 2(2), 1-11. (doi: 10.1177/2055102915615337) (Accessible:

Abstract: A move towards self-management is central to health strategy around chronic low back pain, but its concept and meaning for those involved are poorly understood. In the reported study, four distinct and shared viewpoints on self-management were identified among people with pain and healthcare providers using Q methodology. Each construes self-management in a distinctive manner and articulates a different vision of change. Identification of similarities and differences among the viewpoints holds potential for enhancing communication between patients and healthcare providers and for better understanding the complexities of self-management in practice.

Paul Stenner <> is in the Department of Psychology, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.