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Patient experiences of awake craniotomy: an interpretative phenomenological analysis

Howie, Emma, Bambrough, Jacki, Karabatsou, Konstantina and Fox, John RE 2016. Patient experiences of awake craniotomy: an interpretative phenomenological analysis. Journal of Health Psychology 21 (11) , pp. 2612-2623. 10.1177/1359105315581513

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Awake craniotomy with language mapping enables maximum resection of tumours in eloquent areas while preserving function. This study aims to understand the lived experiences of those undergoing an awake craniotomy. Six participants who underwent awake craniotomy were interviewed, and the data were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Themes were identified as ‘Unspeakable Fear’, ‘Dissociation’ and ‘Control and Responsibility’. Participants discussed how surgery was a threat to the sense of self. Dissociation during surgery operated as a protective mechanism, while the surgical team all had roles in maintaining this bubble of dissociation, such as being a support to the patient’s emotional needs.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
ISSN: 1359-1053
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2019 13:36

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