The Experience of Pregnancy-Related Lumbopelvic Pain: A Qualitative Evidence Synthesis

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Buin, Luciana, Joaquim, Regina Helena Vitale Torkomian, Strong, Jenny and Robinson, Katie. 2024. "The Experience of Pregnancy-Related Lumbopelvic Pain: A Qualitative Evidence Synthesis." Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy. 91 (1), pp. 29-43. https://doi.org/10.1177/00084174231172037
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The Experience of Pregnancy-Related Lumbopelvic Pain: A Qualitative Evidence Synthesis

ERA Journal ID15855
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsBuin, Luciana, Joaquim, Regina Helena Vitale Torkomian, Strong, Jenny and Robinson, Katie
Journal TitleCanadian Journal of Occupational Therapy
Journal Citation91 (1), pp. 29-43
Number of Pages15
Year2024
PublisherSAGE Publications Ltd
Place of PublicationUnited States
ISSN0008-4174
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/00084174231172037
Web Address (URL)https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/epub/10.1177/00084174231172037
AbstractBackground. Pregnancy-related lumbopelvic pain is common and can impact quality of life. Purpose. To synthesize existing qualitative research on people's experiences of pregnancy-related lumbopelvic pain in pregnancy and during the postpartum period. Method. A keyword search of four electronic databases between 2000 and 2022 was completed. Included studies were appraised and synthesized using a meta-ethnographic approach. Findings. Twenty-three studies were included. Analysis identified four core themes: (1) uncertainties about pregnancy-related lumbopelvic pain, (2) struggles to attain achieve treatment and pain management, (3) profound activity consequences, and (4) emotional wellbeing, relationship, and identity impacts of pregnancy-related lumbopelvic pain. Implications. The occupational therapy role with this population has not to our knowledge yet been described. Given the centrality of occupational disruption to the experience of this population we argue that developing and evaluating occupational therapy interventions to address functional, work, parenting and wellbeing outcomes for this population is warranted and should be prioritized.
KeywordsQualitative research; Chronic pain; Review; Occupational therapy
ANZSRC Field of Research 20204299. Other health sciences
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Byline AffiliationsFederal University of Săo Carlos, Brazil
School of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Limerick, Ireland
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