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Experiences of living with motor neurone disease; a review of qualitative research

Sakellariou, Dikaios, Boniface, Gail and Brown, Paul 2013. Experiences of living with motor neurone disease; a review of qualitative research. Disability & Rehabilitation 35 (21) , pp. 1765-1773. 10.3109/09638288.2012.753118

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Purpose: This review sought to answer the question “what is known about people’s experiences of living with MND?”. Methods: The review followed the guidelines of the Centre of Reviews and Dissemination. Twenty articles met the inclusion criteria and their results were analysed thematically. Data were managed and coded using the software package NVIVO and the analysis was performed in two stages, with the first stage aiming to develop descriptive themes offering an overview of the included data. During the second stage, analytical themes were developed with the explicit aim to answer the review question. Results: The themes that emerged point to the following: (a) people with motor neurone disease (MND) develop experiential knowledge that helps them to live with the disease and (b) while people with MND believe they do not have any control over the disease, they try to have control over their lives through active choices, e.g. how and when to use adaptive equipment. Conclusions: This review highlights the decision-making and knowledge generating processes used by people with MND. Further research is required to explore these processes and their implications for the care of people with MND.Implications for Rehabilitation Decision-making process by MND patients regarding their care is complex and takes into account the social elements of the disease as well as the medical. Exploring the practical knowledge that patients develop can offer insights on appropriate care for MND patients.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Uncontrolled Keywords: Care preferences, illness experience, motor neurone disease, patient involvement
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Publisher: Informa Healthcare
ISSN: 0963-8288
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2019 02:33

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