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A qualitative study investigating the experiences of healthcare professional working in chronic fatigue services

A qualitative study investigating the experiences of healthcare professional working in chronic fatigue services
A qualitative study investigating the experiences of healthcare professional working in chronic fatigue services
The first part of this thesis is a systematic review and narrative synthesis of healthcare professionals’ experiences of working with people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME). A total of 15 qualitative studies met the inclusion criteria. There was significant overlap of themes across the 15 studies. Themes were organised into four categories: Contesting the Legitimacy of CFS/ME, Emotional Burden, Stereotyping the CFS/ME Patient, and Tension in Clinician-Patient Communication and Relationships. The review identified a need for further research to better understand differences in understandings of CFS/ME, including the understandings and experiences of specialist CFS/ME healthcare professionals.

The second part of this thesis is an empirical paper describing a study that used Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) to explore the lived experiences of healthcare professionals working in specialist CFS/ME services. Interviews were conducted with eight clinicians from a range of healthcare professions. Four superordinate themes were identified: Safe Haven, Challenges of Understanding, Person-Centredness, and Recovery Road. Some of these findings support issues identified by previous research, but novel themes were also discovered. Clinical implications and suggestions for further research are discussed.
May, Elizabeth
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May, Elizabeth
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JOHNSON, GEORGE A
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(2017) A qualitative study investigating the experiences of healthcare professional working in chronic fatigue services. University of Southampton, School of Psychology, Doctoral Thesis, 151pp.

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Abstract

The first part of this thesis is a systematic review and narrative synthesis of healthcare professionals’ experiences of working with people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME). A total of 15 qualitative studies met the inclusion criteria. There was significant overlap of themes across the 15 studies. Themes were organised into four categories: Contesting the Legitimacy of CFS/ME, Emotional Burden, Stereotyping the CFS/ME Patient, and Tension in Clinician-Patient Communication and Relationships. The review identified a need for further research to better understand differences in understandings of CFS/ME, including the understandings and experiences of specialist CFS/ME healthcare professionals.

The second part of this thesis is an empirical paper describing a study that used Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) to explore the lived experiences of healthcare professionals working in specialist CFS/ME services. Interviews were conducted with eight clinicians from a range of healthcare professions. Four superordinate themes were identified: Safe Haven, Challenges of Understanding, Person-Centredness, and Recovery Road. Some of these findings support issues identified by previous research, but novel themes were also discovered. Clinical implications and suggestions for further research are discussed.

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Published date: January 2017
Organisations: University of Southampton, Psychology

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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/404616
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Date deposited: 30 Jan 2017 15:09
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 17:32

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