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Dismissal, distrust, and dismay: A phenomenological exploration of young women’s diagnostic experiences with endometriosis and subsequent support

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posted on 06.06.2022, 16:09 authored by Georgina Wren, Jenny Mercer

Endometriosis is associated with extensive physical and emotional difficulties, yet there is little

research investigating the impact of the diagnostic journey particularly for younger women.

Using semi structured on-line interviews and an interpretative phenomenological analysis, this

study explored nine young women’s experiences of the diagnostic process and the significance

of support during this period. Three main themes emerged: “the pursuit of a diagnosis”,

“adjusting to a new normality”, and “the importance of effective support”. These experiences

revealed clinical shortcomings and potential improvements to current guidelines and practices

to facilitate a more emboldening process for patients

History

Published in

Journal of Health Psychology

Publisher

Sage

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Citation

Wren, G., & Mercer, J. (2021) 'Dismissal, distrust, and dismay: A phenomenological exploration of young women’s diagnostic experiences with endometriosis and subsequent support', Journal of Health Psychology, 13591053211059387.

Print ISSN

1359-1053

Electronic ISSN

1461-7277

Cardiff Met Affiliation

Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences

Cardiff Met Authors

Jenny Mercer

Cardiff Met Research Centre/Group

  • Public Health and Wellbeing

Copyright Holder

© The Authors

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Language

en