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Title: An exploration of epileptic and non-epileptic seizures : an interpretative phenomenological analytic study
Author: Featherstone, Valerie Anne
ISNI:       0000 0004 2697 3935
Awarding Body: University of Hull
Current Institution: University of Hull
Date of Award: 2010
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Background: Differentiating epileptic seizures from non-epileptic seizures (NES) has always been difficult. Seizures can look very similar, substantial physical injury and incontinence can occur in both conditions and people can have both conditions simultaneously. Treatment for each condition is very different however, epilepsy needing anti-epileptic medication whereas NES is a psychologically rooted condition. Aims: To develop previous work; To document a number of detailed seizures descriptions and to analyse these using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA); To identify linguistic markers to differentiate NES from epilepsy. Methodology: This project used IPA as a more expansive method of 'history taking' being completely patient led. The approach and its theoretical antecedents have been described in depth in the thesis. Four newly referred patients with uncertain diagnoses were interviewed once, three twice. There was additional, contextual data. Results: The interpretation illustrated that subjective seizure experiences using IPA can contribute to previous work: It heralded the potential beginnings of the development of an alternative 'seizure discourse' for lay and professionals. It had the potential to contribute to patient information material and a screening tool. It offered new ideas for clinical practice and research. Discussion: As an approach, IPA has the potential to combine its findings with those in the field of neurophenomenology in terms of expanding knowledge of corresponding subjective experiences. Conclusions: Given that subjective experiences of people can help locate seizure foci, IPA has the potential for establishing itself as a qualitative scientific research approach in the area of seizure experiences.
Supervisor: Campion, Peter ; Sandfield, Anna Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Medicine