Kingstone, T, Chew-Graham, C and Bartlam, B (2020) Aging well with chronic pain in rural areas: an ecologically informed study. Housing and Society, 47 (2). 122 - 145. ISSN 0888-2746

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Over half of people in the UK aged 75 years and above experience chronic pain – defined as pain lasting three or more months. Chronic pain can impact activities of daily living, quality of life, and independence. Rural perspectives on aging with chronic pain are rare despite demographic trends indicating that rural populations are aging faster than urban populations and with an increasing prevalence of long-term painful conditions. Through interviews and observations, we explored the experiences of rural older people with chronic pain. Our inquiry was framed by an ecological model of wellness, which argues that socio-spatial and resource environments are crucial in nurturing and developing individual opportunities and competencies, promoting positive perceptions of the environment, and in contributing to overall health. Through an adapted constructivist grounded theory approach, our analysis revealed three key concepts, each an ongoing (re)negotiation between health and the rural environment: “Life coming inwards,” “Managing chronic pain,” and “Maintaining meaning.” Findings highlight the relational nature of rural environments and key factors inherent in supporting people to adapt in order to age well with chronic pain. We consider implications for our understanding of processes of aging well, future research, and policy and service provision.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via Taylor & Francis at - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Rurality, aging well, chronic pain, exploratory methods
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ1050 Aged. Gerontology (Social aspects). Retirement
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Primary, Community and Social Care
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2020 08:46
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2021 01:30

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