Nursing leadership in a chronic pain management group approach
Article first published online: 23 JAN 2012
© 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Journal of Nursing Management
Special Issue: This issue: Nursing research in theory and practice - is implementation the missing link? Issue editors: Elisabeth Severinsson and Kristin Akerjordet
Volume 20, Issue 2, pages 187–195, March 2012
How to Cite
DYSVIK, E. and FURNES, B. (2012), Nursing leadership in a chronic pain management group approach. Journal of Nursing Management, 20: 187–195. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2011.01377.x
- Issue published online: 1 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 23 JAN 2012
- Accepted for publication: 7 December 2011
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Dysvik E. & Furnes B. (2012) Journal of Nursing Management20, 187–195 Nursing leadership in a chronic pain management group approach
Aim To explore and debate nursing leadership and challenges on organizational and group levels when conducting rehabilitation groups for people suffering from chronic pain.
Background Group approaches based on cognitive behavioural therapy are generally described as effective. Leadership in group approaches offered to people suffering from chronic pain is a great challenge for nurses on an organizational as well as a group level.
Methods One overall leader and nine group leaders conducting 13 groups constituted the sample. Qualitative content analysis was used by identifying categories, subthemes and themes.
Results The results from the content analysis revealed one main theme (‘Complexity in nursing leadership’) and three subthemes (‘Challenges in leadership on organizational level’, ‘Challenges in leadership on teamwork level’ and ‘Challenges in leadership on group level’.
Conclusions The results show how important it is to have firm overall leadership and trained group leaders with a common purpose, interdependent roles and complementary skills, who are thus well prepared to prevent or deal with challenging group processes.
Implications for nursing management The leaders of both levels, which are highly interrelated, should have a current theoretical understanding of pain theory, group leadership skills and a cognitive behavioural approach.