Effective Goal Management found useful in improving headache-related disability

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Effective Goal Management found useful in improving headache-related disability

A number of people are living with increasingly serious health issues and visit healthcare providers for their treatment. Thus, dealing with numerous patients, their various problems, specific treatment route, and decisions enhance the burden on healthcare providers. However, efficient goal management can be helpful in managing or reducing disability in chronic pain.

Yvette Ciere and colleagues conducted a combined data-driven and theory-driven approach to evaluate goal management insights in chronic headache (CH) management. The interviews were conducted and analysed for total 20 patients. During the study, DPM (dual process model) was used as a theoretical framework.

To recover and maintain an equilibrium between current goal pursuit resources and personal goals, various strategies were used in combination. Retrospective reports evidenced growth in the strategic use of time. Three-goal management phases were discovered.

First, "persistence phase" represents the use of "resource-depleting" assimilative approaches to remain active in goals.
Second, "reorientation phase" used to recover balance through accommodative approaches.
Third, "balancing phase" used to maintain balance by a combined "resource-depleting" and "resource-replenishing" approaches.

Goal management is a dynamic method to improve headache-related disability. The rehabilitation services provided to CH patients should aim to undertake this approach to advertise optimal functioning.


Disability and Rehabilitation

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Original title of the article:

Living with chronic headache: a qualitative study exploring goal management in chronic headache


Yvette Ciere; et al.

Goal management, Chronic headache, Headache, DPM (dual process model)
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