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Title: A meta-synthesis of service user perspectives of shared decision-making and a qualitative investigation of lived experiences of fear of recurrence in relation to psychosis
Author: Brookmann, Lidia
ISNI:       0000 0004 9355 9240
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 2020
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Background: Evidence has shown that people who fear psychosis relapse may experience a shorter duration to actual relapse. Therefore, fear of relapse may be an important clinical construct in understanding the transition to relapse. However, relatively little is known about its phenomenology and how individuals make sense of their fears and worries. This study sought to explore the lived experiences of fear of relapse. Method: Four individuals who self-reported as being worried about relapse were recruited from Community Mental Health Teams in NHS Ayrshire & Arran. Semi-structured interviews were conducted. Data were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Results: Analysis identified two superordinate themes: “I think my worry would be going back to the worst period” which reflected participants’ fears and experiences of worry and “I think a lot of it’s just about feeling in control of it” reflecting participants’ efforts to assert control of their experiences and limit recurrence. Conclusion: Findings provided a rich insight into the diverse and multi-dimensional nature of participants’ experiences of fear of relapse which has implications for both clinical practice and future research.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology