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Title: Service user perspectives on transition and recovery in anorexia nervosa
Author: Middleton, Claire L.
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2013
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Anorexia nervosa remains one of the most challenging mental health difficulties to understand and respond to effectively. Decades of clinically led quantitative research have provided theoretical models, treatment approaches and outcome data, but evidence suggests that the prevalence of anorexia nervosa (and our ability to influence it) remains stubbornly resistant to significant and meaningful change. Qualitative research, meanwhile, has valuable and under-utilised potential to inform and enlighten our knowledge base and clinical practice. The following thesis explores the power of qualitative methods to bring new understanding to two major issues confronting the academic, clinical and non-professional community concerning anorexia nervosa: transition between services and recovery. The first paper is an integrative review of qualitative research into service users' descriptions of recovery from anorexia nervosa. It provides an overview and critical appraisal of the evidence base and thematically explores current knowledge in relation to the wider service user recovery model and movement. The findings offer a valuable insight into how people with anorexia nervosa see and understand their own recover and suggest several important areas for clinical change and further research. The second paper reports on a qualitative investigation of the experience of transition between child and adult services for women with anorexia nervosa. Interviews with eight women were analysed using Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis. The finding. of the study span procedural, individual and systemic domains and have significant an meaningful implications for service design, future research and the understanding of anorexia nervosa as a whole during this key stage of development.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psych.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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