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Title: Coping with stem cell transplant : an interpretative phenomenological analysis of patient experience
Author: Scott, Eileen
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2007
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The present study aimed to explore the subjective experience of Stem Cell and Bone Marrow Transplant patients in relation to coping with the transplant process, comparing this experience with existing theoretical and empirical research relating to the psychological impact of transplant and coping with stress and cancer. A retrospective, cross-sectional qualitative design was used. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with six participants who had undergone transplantation in the period from January 2005 and December 2006. Individuals also completed measures of psychological adjustment (HADS) to provide an indicator of current emotional functioning. Participants’ verbal accounts were transcribed verbatim and analysed according to the principles of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). Seven shared themes were identified, six of which were of relevance to the research aim and analysed in further detail. These were: Existential Issues, psychological experience of the transplant procedure, physical side effects, relationships, change of meaning and altered perception of self and normality. Five out of the six participants completed both the HADS and the MAC, two participants scored above the clinical cut off point on the anxiety subscale of the HADS, suggesting borderline generalised anxiety. No participant scored above the clinical cut off point on the depression subscale of the HADS. No participant met clinical case criteria on the MAC. The current findings were consistent with previous research and suggests that cognitive models of coping with stress and cancer may have conceptual utility in understanding the experience of coping with transplantation. Possible implications for future research, clinical practice and the participating service implications are identified and discussed.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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