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Title: Living with a pituitary tumour : a narrative analysis
Author: Heath, James
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2012
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Pituitary tumours unlike most other brain tumours are classed as benign and noncancerous. Individuals with a pituitary tumour may experience a diverse range of difficulties such as fatigue, ,infertility, changes in physical appearance, depression and anxiety. Studies have reported that individuals with pituitary tumours experience impairments in quality of life. However, there has been limited research investigating the experience of living with a pituitary tumour. In section one studies investigating the psychosocial well-being of individuals with a pituitary tumour after treatment were systematically reviewed. A total of35 papers were indentified. Overall, individuals with a pituitary tumour had significantly lower levels of psychosocial well-being compared to normative data and healthy controls. The results were inconsistent in relation to other patient groups and the relationship between age, gender and hormone levels and psychosocial well-being. Whilst treatments may be beneficial in the short term, psychosocial well-being may actually reduce in the long term. Therefore, further longitudinal research is needed to investigate levels of psychosocial well-being and to investigate other potential psychological, social and cognitive influences on psychosocial well-being. Section two explored how the narratives of eight individuals living with a pituitary tumour have been affected by their experiences. Results are presented temporally over five chapters. The narrative was characterised by the flow between the culturally dominant restitution narrative and the chaos narrative (Frank, 1995). Future research and clinical implications were also discussed. In the third section, reflections on the research study in relation to power, personal experiences and theory were discussed which highlighted some of the challenges and areas for future research.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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