Beyond the Revolving Door : Long-Term Lived Experience of Eating Disorders and Specialist Service Provision

Joyce, Ciara and Greasley, Pete and Weatherhead, Stephen and Seal, Karen (2019) Beyond the Revolving Door : Long-Term Lived Experience of Eating Disorders and Specialist Service Provision. Qualitative Health Research, 29 (14). pp. 2070-2083. ISSN 1049-7323

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In this study, we undertook a narrative analysis of participants’ long-term lived experience of eating disorders and specialist service provision. Eight participants were recruited with service experience across five National Health Service (NHS) Trusts in the United Kingdom. All participants had a minimum of 10 years self-reported experience living with an eating disorder. The data are presented across different temporal stages that demonstrate the development of participants’ self-construct in relation to their first contact with specialist services, what had happened in their lives for this to become necessary, and their current relationships with services, before exploring what participants need from services to help them feel heard going forward. Findings suggest that current methods of service delivery result in delayed and inappropriate supports and a consequent “battling” against professionals, which can provide an obstacle to compassionate and collaborative working and promote “revolving door” experiences.

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Qualitative Health Research
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?? qualitative methodsnarrative analysiseating disorderslong-term experienceseedusers’ experiencespsychologysocial constructionunited kingdompublic health, environmental and occupational health ??
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