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"Post-thrombotic panic syndrome": a thematic analysis of the experience of venous thromboembolism

Hunter, Rachael, Lewis, Sarah, Noble, Simon, Rance, Jaynie and Bennett, Paul D. 2017. "Post-thrombotic panic syndrome": a thematic analysis of the experience of venous thromboembolism. British Journal of Health Psychology 22 (1) , pp. 8-25. 10.1111/bjhp.12213

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Abstract

Objectives Venous thromboembolism (VTE, including deep vein thrombosis [DVT] and pulmonary embolism [PE]) is a serious, potentially traumatic, life-threatening condition and a major cause of mortality and morbidity. The aim of this study was to explore the patients’ experiences of VTE and its psychosocial impact. Methods Audio-recorded semistructured interviews with a purposive sample of 12 participants who had experienced a first-time DVT or PE within the previous 6 months. Interviews were transcribed and thematically analysed. Results Four key themes with 10 subthemes were identified. The major themes were as follows: VTE as life-changing and traumatic, living with uncertainty and fear of reoccurrence, feeling let down by health services, and positive changes and outcomes. The content of themes varied according to age at the time of VTE and participants’ experiences of diagnosis and treatment. Conclusions The data demonstrate the psychosocial impact of VTE as life-changing, encompassing a dynamic duality of trauma and growth. The findings highlight a potential role for health care professionals in identifying and supporting individuals at risk of post-traumatic stress, and targeted interventions to enhance psychological well-being and recovery and reduce distress.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: psychosocial; venous thromboembolism; illness; post-traumatic stress disorder; qualitative
Publisher: British Psychological Society
ISSN: 1359-107X
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2017 14:26
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/101103

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