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Title: People's experiences of living with severe health conditions
Author: Spooner, Joshua
ISNI:       0000 0004 7658 1171
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2018
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Treating people living with severe health conditions has, and always will be, a fundamental part of the National Health Service. Given the complex nature of conditions such as Huntington's Disease and Cancer, research exploring the impact severe health conditions can have on those affected is of paramount importance. Chapter one is a systematic review utilising a meta-ethnographic approach to explore qualitative research portraying people's experiences of genetic testing for Huntington's Disease (HD). Electronic databases cataloguing relevant research were searched which, combined with manual searches, resulted in eleven studies suitable for inclusion. Three meta-themes were identified, highlighting the complex and individual nature of undergoing genetic testing, together with the potential emotional and behavioural consequences. The implications of such findings, together with clinical recommendations are considered. There is a dearth of research exploring what it is like to live with cancer as a young person in the United Kingdom. Chapter two is a qualitative research study that explored the lived experiences of young people (13-24 years) who had recently been diagnosed with cancer. Utilising an interpretative phenomenological approach, emergent findings related to the adversarial nature of being diagnosed with cancer, with young people speaking to the unjust nature of battling this disease at such a youthful age, questioning their identity and having to navigate a new, and at times, uncertain world. The clinical and service implications of these findings are discussed, alongside areas of future research. Chapter three represents the author's reflective account of conducting this research. From exploring initial motivations, to evaluating the role of "insider" and "outsider" perspectives, the author explores the reciprocal nature of conducting qualitative research, particularly in relation to the mutuality felt between himself and his participants.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: RC Internal medicine