It’s not fair: an interpretative phenomenological analysis of discourses of justice and fairness in chronic pain

Joanna L. McParland, Christopher Eccleston, Mike Osborn, Louisa Hezseltine

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Quantitative research suggests that perceiving injustice can impact negatively upon physical and psychological health in chronic pain. However, little is known about the experience and perceptions of injustice in this context. This study examines the phenomenology of justice and injustice in chronic pain. Fifteen chronic pain sufferers recruited from General Practices in upper, middle and lower socioeconomic areas participated in one of three focus group discussions. Semi-structured interviews were conducted to interrogate justice-related conceptions. All discussions were observed, audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim and subjected to Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)459–474
JournalHealth: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011



  • phenomenology of justice and injustice
  • chronic pain

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