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Individuals’ Experience of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

Arroll, MA and Senior, V (2008) Individuals’ Experience of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis Psychology and Health, 23 (4). pp. 443-458.

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Abstract

Chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) is a condition of unknown aetiology that consists of symptoms such as fatigue, muscle and joint pain, gastric problems and a range of neurological disturbances. Due to the fact that these symptoms are complaints that most individuals will experience to a varying degree, it seems pertinent to investigate the processes by which those with CFS/ME conceptualise their symptoms and the experience of reaching a diagnosis. Participants were recruited from local CFS/ME support groups. Eight semi-structured telephone interviews were conducted and transcribed, and the verbatim transcriptions were analysed according to interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). Six distinct themes were uncovered that illustrated the participants’ experience and perception of their symptoms. These included symptomatology and illness course, interference with daily and working life, frequency of symptoms, external information, diagnosis and treatment. The findings were discussed in terms of internal and external cues related to symptom perception and the discovery that the possession of a diagnosis did not necessarily signify the end of the journey.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Arroll, MAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Senior, VUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 8 April 2008
Identification Number : 10.1080/14768320701246469
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Additional Information : This is an electronic version of an article published as Arroll MA, Senior V (2008). Individuals’ Experience of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Psychology and Health 23(4):443-458. Available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/gpsh20/23/4
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 21 Jan 2013 11:35
Last Modified : 23 Sep 2013 19:41
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/726587

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