‘Because it kind of falls in between, doesn’t it? Like an acute thing and a chronic’: The psychological experience of anaphylaxis in adulthood

Walklet, Elaine ORCID: 0000-0002-0690-230X, Taylor, Charlotte, Bradley, Eleanor, Mahoney, Berenice, Scurlock-Evans, Laura and O’Hickey, Steve (2018) ‘Because it kind of falls in between, doesn’t it? Like an acute thing and a chronic’: The psychological experience of anaphylaxis in adulthood. Journal of Health Psychology, 23 (12). pp. 1579-1589. doi:10.1177/1359105316664130

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Abstract

Anaphylaxis is a serious, rare condition increasing in prevalence. This study explored the psychological experience of adult-onset anaphylaxis from patient, family and staff perspectives. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 12 participants. Two global themes emerged from thematic analysis: ‘controllability’ (‘an unknown and distressing experience’, ‘the importance of control over triggers’ and ‘responsibility but no control: the impact on others’) and ‘conflict’ (‘rejecting illness identity’, ‘minimisation of risk’, ‘accessing specialist care: running in slow motion’ and ‘patient-centred versus service-centred care’). Findings highlight the importance of perceived control and emphasise the presence of conflict in the experience of this complex, episodic condition.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Acute illness; Adults; Anaphylaxis; Chronic illness; Illness perception; Qualitative methods
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Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Natural & Social Sciences > Psychological Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Environmental Dynamics & Governance
Depositing User: Rhiannon Goodland
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2020 14:47
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2020 14:47
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/8818

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