Hall NJ, Rubin GP, Dougall A, et al. The fight for ‘health-related normality’: a qualitative study of the experiences of individuals living with established inflammatory bowel disease (ibd)

Department of Psychology, Durham University, Durham, England, United Kingdom
Journal of Health Psychology (Impact Factor: 1.22). 06/2005; 10(3):443-55. DOI: 10.1177/1359105305051433
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This article reports on the experiences of individuals living with IBD and identifies a range of coping strategies used by them. Qualitative data from 15 individual interviews and three focus groups were analysed using a grounded theory approach. The main focus is on the emergent core concept of 'health-related normality'. A theoretical framework is proposed to explain how individuals with IBD assess their health-related normality, their fight to maintain it and their need to retain the appearance of normality to others. It is concluded that individuals maintain their health-related normality along certain time and context sensitive continuums rather than fitting into a distinct typology.

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    • "This distress is not only because they have to deal with the symptoms described above, but because they often experience fear and humiliation as a result of faecal incontinence, which has a profound effect on family, work, social life and iden- tity91011. In addition, they have to deal with the sense of loss of control, feeling 'dirty and smelly' and feeling they are unable to fulfil their potential at work and in sexual re- lationships [12, 13]. Moreover, the steroidal treatments can often induce side effects such as weight gain and mood swings [14], which might require treatment with antidepressants. "
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    • "She identifies family as important not only as the location where much of everyday life takes place but also for its constitutive role in constructing how one deals with disruptive events such as being diagnosed with a chronic illness. This is not a once-off event but an ongoing 'process of normalising family practices which are construed as predictable and stable, whilst encompassing change and uncertainty' (Gregory 2005: 389, see also Hall et al. 2005). By analysing dinner conversations between CD patients and their close relatives, we hope to gain more insight into how people deal with dietary restrictions on an ongoing basis in their everyday life. "
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