Exploring the transitional process from receiving a diagnosis to living with motor neurone disease

Mistry, Kit and Simpson, Jane (2013) Exploring the transitional process from receiving a diagnosis to living with motor neurone disease. Psychology and Health, 28 (8). pp. 939-953. ISSN 0887-0446

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Motor neurone disease (MND) is a rapidly progressing neurodegenerative condition that results in a marked reduction in life expectancy. Currently, little is known about the experiences of people after they have received this diagnosis and the effect of this on their sense of self and identity. In this study, interpretative phenomenological analysis was used to explore both the personal and lived experiences of people with MND. Seven people diagnosed with MND within the previous six months were recruited. The three themes constructed from the participants’ accounts were ‘Then they dropped the bomb shell’; Receiving a diagnosis of MND; ‘Getting on with it’; Learning to live with MND; and ‘A lot of normal life is lost’; Experiencing progressive loss. Participants described receiving a diagnosis as a devastating experience but most participants were able to accept their diagnosis and employ adaptive strategies to cope with increasing levels of functional decline. However, in spite of this, the participants experienced functional changes that affected their identity, social status and social relationships.

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Journal Article
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Psychology and Health
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?? activities of daily livingadaptation, psychologicalagedfemalehumansmalemiddle agedmotor neuron diseasequalitative researchself conceptpublic health, environmental and occupational healthapplied psychology ??
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24 Jan 2013 09:01
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28 Nov 2023 11:17