Faculty Lead(s)

Annie Chen

Student(s)

Aarti Swaminathan

Keywords

Chronic Illness
Chronic Pain
Cognitive Representation
Fibromyalgia
Information Behaviors
Self-Management

Project Summary

Patients who have a chronic condition, or multiple chronic conditions, encounter information and develop knowledge and skills to manage their condition better over time.  Over the course of illness, patients may initiate and/or experience differences in aspects of their health management, including patient-provider interaction, information seeking behaviors, treatment choices and lifestyle changes.  This project focuses on how patients with chronic conditions, particularly fibromyalgia and other pain conditions, learn to manage their health over the course of illness, and particularly, the role that information plays in this process.