The psychological impact of the unpredictability of multiple sclerosis: a qualitative literature meta-synthesis

Rose, Hannah and das Nair, Roshan (2013) The psychological impact of the unpredictability of multiple sclerosis: a qualitative literature meta-synthesis. British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 9 (4). pp. 172-178. ISSN 1747-0307

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Abstract

Background: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological conditioncharacterised by an unpredictable nature. This characteristic is reported to be the largest challenge for individuals with the condition. Chronic illness literature highlights the psychological impact of unpredictability, but there is a paucity of research examining this concept in MS.

Objectives: This systematic review aimed to explore the psychological impact of unpredictability in MS.

Methods: A meta-synthesis was conducted. A total of 6 studies with 59 participants were reviewed and critically appraised. Themes relating to the psychological impact of unpredictability were extracted and synthesised.

Results: A preliminary model of the unpredictability of MS was developed highlighting the different psychological impacts of diagnosis, remission and relapse.

Conclusions: The psychological impact of unpredictability alters through diagnosis, remission and relapse. Further research is required to explore the experience of unpredictability in MS.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Multiple sclerosis, psychological impact, unpredictability, systematic review, qualitative, synthesis
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute of Work, Health and Organization
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.12968/bjnn.2013.9.4.172
Depositing User: Dziunka, Patricia
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2016 10:30
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2016 08:10
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/34984

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