Understanding and coping with chronic illness

project manager


phd fellow

About the project

When we are affected by illness, we try to make sense of what is happening. This is called illness understanding, and is based on our own experiences, information from health professionals and others, and our social and cultural knowledge. Illness understanding can be defined as our own thoughts, beliefs and opinions about illness.

In the field of musculoskeletal and rheumatology, we have become more aware that understanding disease plays a role in adaptation to and outcome of disease. We know this through both clinical experience and research. With the mindset project, we want to disseminate and implement knowledge about disease understanding, rooted in theory and research. The project is supported by the Dam Foundation in 2021, has a duration of 1.5 years and is a collaboration between NRF, the Research and Dissemination Unit for Musculoskeletal Health (FORMI), Diakonhjemmet Hospital and REMEDY.

Who can participate?

The project team consists of Ida Løchting, Elin Fjerstad, Torkil Berge, Anna Fryxelius, Gerd Jenny Aanerud and Kjersti Storheim

Project arrangement

Courses have been held and leaflets developed for health professionals and people with musculoskeletal diseases and disorders on the topic. A film will also be developed. Material that has been developed in connection with the project has been made available on the Norwegian Rheumatism Association (NRF) website so that material is also available after the end of the project(

Mindset- understanding illness and coping | Norwegian Rheumatism Association


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