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

Brookmann, Lidia (2020) 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. D Clin Psy thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Thesis (D Clin Psy)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Psychosis, fear of recurrence, qualitative, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Colleges/Schools: College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Supervisor's Name: Gumley, Professor Andrew
Date of Award: 2020
Depositing User: Miss Lidia Brookmann
Unique ID: glathesis:2020-81695
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2020 09:47
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2020 09:47
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/81695

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