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Title: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of the long-term management of fibromyalgia from patient perspectives
Author: Tweedie, Sarah
ISNI:       0000 0004 6422 074X
Awarding Body: Glasgow Caledonian University
Current Institution: Glasgow Caledonian University
Date of Award: 2014
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Fibromyalgia is a complex illness characterised by a multitude of physical and psychological symptoms. Previous research has explored the lived experience of fibromyalgia, but less attention has been paid to how individuals manage their condition and their lives. This study therefore explored the experience of managing fibromyalgia from the patient perspectives. Eight women and three men were recruited from a rheumatology clinic. They were interviewed face to face and their transcripts were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IP A). Three superordinate themes emerged from the data and are presented in this thesis. The first theme demonstrated the varied and unpredictable nature of the symptoms that participants faced and the implications that these had on their lives. Participants reported physical symptoms compounded by a loss of identity and social freedom, indicating a double burden of living with fibromyalgia. The second theme elucidated participants' experiences of seeking a diagnosis and care within traditional and non traditional healthcare structures. The third theme brought out the ways which participants found to live life with an essentially unmanageable illness while maintaining their identity. Implications and recommendations were made for clinical practice and future research.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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