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Title: Living with chronic illness : experiences of diagnosis and treatment
Author: Lenton, Rebecca
ISNI:       0000 0004 6495 9309
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2017
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The experience of living with a chronic illness can impact on both the person receiving a diagnosis and those close to them. Experiences of diagnosis and any subsequent treatment are important as it allows individual, lived experiences to be better understood. Through exploring these experiences, it is hoped that services, treatment and support could be developed and improved. This paper consists of three chapters. Chapter one focuses on the experiences of partners of men with prostate cancer. A review of the literature identified twenty-two papers that are reviewed and synthesised into four overarching themes. Changes to the relationship and the unmet needs of partners are explored. Further ways in which services and professionals can support partners are identified. Chapter two involves a qualitative study exploring the experiences of seven men living with a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis is utilised to understand men’s lived experiences. One theme identifies the battles men experience internally and externally in relation to vulnerability, masculinity, medication and stigma. Clinical implications and research directions are identified. Chapter three is a reflective account of the overall research process. It spans from the development of the research proposal through to conducting and reflecting on the research undertaken. Consideration is given to the role of a Clinical Psychologist in the research process.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: RA Public aspects of medicine