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“Post-thrombotic panic syndrome”: A thematic analysis of the experience of venous thromboembolism / Rachael Hunter; Sarah Lewis; Simon Noble; Jaynie Rance; Paul D. Bennett

British Journal of Health Psychology

Swansea University Author: Bennett, Paul

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DOI (Published version): 10.1111/bjhp.12213

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The study involves interviews with 12 patients who had experienced a venous thromboembolism (VTE) within the previous 6 months. Participants were recruited from a cohort of patients within one hospital service. Interviews were transcribed and thematically analysed. Four key themes with 10 subthemes...

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Published in: British Journal of Health Psychology
ISSN: 1359107X
Published: 2016
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa30100
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Abstract: The study involves interviews with 12 patients who had experienced a venous thromboembolism (VTE) within the previous 6 months. Participants were recruited from a cohort of patients within one hospital service. Interviews were transcribed and thematically analysed. Four key themes with 10 subthemes were identified: : VTE as life-changing and traumatic, living with uncertainty and fear of reoccurrence, feeling let down by health services, and positive changes and outcomes. Their content varied according to age at the time of VTE and participants' experiences of diagnosis and treatment. VTE was shown to have a life changing impact on participants, in terms of difficulties in coping with the VTE and its implications in terms of continuing treatment, traumatic stress, but also post-traumatic growth.
Keywords: venous thromboembolism panic post-traumatic stress
College: College of Human and Health Sciences