Dismissal, distrust, and dismay: A phenomenological exploration of young women’s diagnostic experiences with endometriosis and subsequent support
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
Published inJournal of Health Psychology
VersionAM (Accepted Manuscript)
CitationWren, 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.
Cardiff Met AffiliationCardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences
Cardiff Met AuthorsJenny Mercer
Cardiff Met Research Centre/Group
- Public Health and Wellbeing