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Title: Why people in haematological and oncological care avoid or delay seeking medical treatment for infections caused by low white blood cell counts
Author: Talbot, Marc Robert
ISNI:       0000 0004 2742 7733
Awarding Body: University of Exeter
Current Institution: University of Exeter
Date of Award: 2012
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This article reports the findings of a grounded theory study of the processes involved in adherence and treatment seeking delay for febrile neutropenia in chemotherapy patients. Interviews were conducted with 12 patients. Six theoretical constructs were generated, namely ‘Recall of Treatment Advice’, ‘Impact of Emotions’, ‘Influence of Social Networks’, ‘Symptom Monitoring Behaviour’, ‘Symptom Interpretation’, and ‘Preparation and Journey Time’. A model was developed to reflect the complex interplay between these theoretical constructs. Data extracts are presented to illustrate the grounding of the model in patients’ accounts, and the model is discussed with reference to previous theory and research.
Supervisor: Yates, Philip Sponsor: University of Exeter
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Febrile Neutropenia; Chemotherapy; Treatment Seeking Delay; Adherence; Grounded Theory