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Pilot Study of French-Canadian Lifestyle Redesign® for Chronic Pain Management


As chronic pain (CP) interferes with an individual’s lifestyle by limiting meaningful activities and health-related quality of life (HRQoL), occupational therapy (OT) plays an important role in CP management interventions. This pilot study aimed to explore the influence of a 13-week French-Canadian Lifestyle Redesign® for CP. A mixed-methods research design including a preexperimental quantitative component pre-/posttest was used with 15 participants with fibromyalgia. Although pain remained unchanged after the intervention, improvements were observed in participants’ engagement in meaningful activities (p < .01), life balance (p < .01), mental components of HRQoL (p < .01), depressive symptoms (p = .047), and pain self-efficacy (p < .01). After the intervention, phone interviews (n = 6) highlighted the participants’ appreciation of the focus being placed on their daily routines and the development of a sense of belonging throughout the intervention. This study suggests the potential feasibility and benefits of an occupation-based approach in CP management.

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Article first published online: January 3, 2021
Issue published: April 2021


  1. lifestyle
  2. occupational therapy
  3. intervention
  4. pain management
  5. health-related quality of life

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Published online: January 3, 2021
Issue published: April 2021
PubMed: 33393417



É. Lagueux
Université de Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
Research Center of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
J. Masse
Université de Montréal, Quebec, Canada
M. Levasseur
Université de Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
R. Pagé
Université de Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
A. Dépelteau
Université de Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
M.-H. Lévesque
Université de Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
Y. Tousignant-Laflamme
Université de Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
Research Center of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
A.-M. Pinard
Université Laval, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada


É. Lagueux, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, School of Rehabilitation, Université de Sherbrooke, 3001, 12e Avenue Nord, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada J1H 5N4. Email: [email protected]

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