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Perceptions of recovery and prognosis from long-term conditions: the relevance of hope and imagined futures

Perceptions of recovery and prognosis from long-term conditions: the relevance of hope and imagined futures
Perceptions of recovery and prognosis from long-term conditions: the relevance of hope and imagined futures
Objective: analyses of the experiences of chronic conditions demonstrate the importance of moral worth and social meaning linked to undertaking self-management practices. Rather less attention has been paid to the contemplation and significance of adopting, embedding and continuing with established practices overtime. This study explored perceptions about recovery and prognosis from the point of view of people with long-term physical health conditions and compared these findings with the mental health literature.

Methods: longitudinal qualitative study was conducted incorporating semi-structured interviews and thematic analysis. Thirty-two participants identified as having a chronic long-term physical health condition such as heart disease and diabetes were included in the study.

Results: in line with the notions of recovery in the mental health field, respondents viewed recovery as a complex journey related to the ability to undertake things of value in everyday life. However, there were differences in relation to reflections on trajectories and imagined futures centred on physical health.

Discussion: these findings are discussed in the context of literature from the mental and physical health fields and recent health policies for those with long-term conditions. The study adds to existing literature by examining the similarities and differences in the experience of chronic physical and mental health conditions
chronic illness, mental health and illness, qualitative analysis, recovery
1742-3953
3-20
Brooks, H.L.
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Rogers, A.
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Sanders, C.
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Pilgrim, D.
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Brooks, H.L.
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Rogers, A.
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Sanders, C.
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Pilgrim, D.
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Brooks, H.L., Rogers, A., Sanders, C. and Pilgrim, D. (2015) Perceptions of recovery and prognosis from long-term conditions: the relevance of hope and imagined futures. Chronic Illness, 11 (1), 3-20. (doi:10.1177/1742395314534275).

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Objective: analyses of the experiences of chronic conditions demonstrate the importance of moral worth and social meaning linked to undertaking self-management practices. Rather less attention has been paid to the contemplation and significance of adopting, embedding and continuing with established practices overtime. This study explored perceptions about recovery and prognosis from the point of view of people with long-term physical health conditions and compared these findings with the mental health literature.

Methods: longitudinal qualitative study was conducted incorporating semi-structured interviews and thematic analysis. Thirty-two participants identified as having a chronic long-term physical health condition such as heart disease and diabetes were included in the study.

Results: in line with the notions of recovery in the mental health field, respondents viewed recovery as a complex journey related to the ability to undertake things of value in everyday life. However, there were differences in relation to reflections on trajectories and imagined futures centred on physical health.

Discussion: these findings are discussed in the context of literature from the mental and physical health fields and recent health policies for those with long-term conditions. The study adds to existing literature by examining the similarities and differences in the experience of chronic physical and mental health conditions

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Accepted/In Press date: 9 January 2014
Published date: March 2015
Keywords: chronic illness, mental health and illness, qualitative analysis, recovery
Organisations: Faculty of Health Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 384343
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/384343
ISSN: 1742-3953
PURE UUID: 8f7a2f01-3c87-4b93-b1dc-f109ff5a63e9

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Date deposited: 21 Dec 2015 12:19
Last modified: 02 Dec 2019 20:29

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Author: H.L. Brooks
Author: A. Rogers
Author: C. Sanders
Author: D. Pilgrim

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