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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, Volume: 22, Issue: 1, Pages: 8 - 25

Swansea University Author: Hunter, Rachael

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DOI (Published version): 10.1111/bjhp.12213

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Objectives. Venous thromboembolism (VTE, including deep vein thrombosis [DVT]and pulmonary embolism [PE]) is a serious, potentially traumatic, life-threateningcondition and a major cause of mortality and morbidity. The aim of this study was toexplore the patients’ experiences of VTE and its psychoso...

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Published in: British Journal of Health Psychology
ISSN: 1359107X
Published: 2017
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa48307
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Abstract: Objectives. Venous thromboembolism (VTE, including deep vein thrombosis [DVT]and pulmonary embolism [PE]) is a serious, potentially traumatic, life-threateningcondition and a major cause of mortality and morbidity. The aim of this study was toexplore the patients’ experiences of VTE and its psychosocial impact.Methods. Audio-recorded semistructured interviews with a purposive sample of 12participants who had experienced a first-time DVT or PE within the previous 6 months.Interviews were transcribed and thematically analysed.Results. Four key themes with 10 subthemes were identified. The major themes were asfollows: VTE as life-changing and traumatic, living with uncertainty and fear ofreoccurrence, feeling let down by health services, and positive changes and outcomes.The content of themes varied according to age at the time of VTE and participants’experiences of diagnosis and treatment.Conclusions. The data demonstrate the psychosocial impact of VTE as life-changing,encompassing a dynamic duality of trauma and growth. The findings highlight a potentialrole for health care professionals in identifying and supporting individuals at risk of posttraumaticstress, and targeted interventions to enhance psychological well-being andrecovery and reduce distress.
Keywords: VTE, qualitative,interviews, PTSD
College: College of Human and Health Sciences
Issue: 1
Start Page: 8
End Page: 25