Broadly speaking, results indicated that a solution-focused approach is far more effective than a problem-focused approach. If we assume it is important for clients to feel energized and motivated, this study shows that focusing on solutions is indeed vital." — Randomized Research Study, Australia
Benefits, Stories & Studies
INSTEAD OF MAKING A LOT OF UNSUBSTANTIATED CLAIMS and assertions about the power and value of solution-focused interventions for chronic pain and other serious health conditions, let me share what both researchers and participants themselves have reported. Here's a quick, high-level summary of benefits. For more details, check out the stories and studies below.
- Significant improvements in "pain self-efficacy," the belief in your ability to meet the demands of daily life despite pain
- Long-term increases in mental and emotional well-being, including more positive moods and fewer negative emotions
- Substantial social connection, support and encouragement to initiate and maintain positive change
- Greater sense of control, empowerment, self-determination and independence
- Enhanced awareness of existing resources and personal competence
- Heightened self-understanding, meaning and purpose
- Recognition and acceptance of things that cannot be changed
- Renewed hope and optimism about the future, despite the persistence of pain
- Greater enjoyment of daily life, engagement with work, and pursuit of important goals that have little or nothing to do with pain
- One of the most profound benefits may be the subtle transformation from fixating on what's wrong to focusing on what's right
Here are a few stories about the impact of solution-focused tools and biopsychosocial factors in the lives of real people. From a personal, anecdotal standpoint, does this stuff work? Do people see positive changes? What difference does it make?
Take a look at the "evidence base" both for the solution-focused approach in general, and solution-focused pain management in particular. Includes quantitative and qualitative data. If you need objective reasons to consider this approach, here you go.