An interpretative phenomenological analysis of the patient experience of awake craniotomy: brain tumour diagnosis to discharge

Fletcher, Kimberley J. and das Nair, Roshan and Macniven, Jamie A. and Basu, Surajit and Byrne, Paul (2012) An interpretative phenomenological analysis of the patient experience of awake craniotomy: brain tumour diagnosis to discharge. British Journal of Health Psychology, 17 (4). pp. 828-842. ISSN 2044-8287

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Abstract

Objectives. Previous research exploring the patient experience of awake craniotomy (AC) has yielded contrasting accounts. The current study aimed to explore the lived experience of having undergone an AC in the United Kingdom.

Design. This was a qualitative, semi-structured interview study. Interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim. Data were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA).

Methods. Seven participants (three males, four females) who had undergone an AC in the United Kingdom took part in the study. Ages ranged between 26 and 41 years old at the time of interview. Time since AC ranged from 5 months to 4 years.

Results. Participants appeared to be satisfied with, and tolerant of, the AC experience. Three superordinate themes: use of self-preservation strategies prior to and during AC, a bizarre yet pleasant operation experience, and the need for more concrete information prior to surgery were identified. These themes appeared to be embedded in a core theme: relationship with the neurosurgeon.

Conclusions. The relationship with the neurosurgeon appears crucial to the patient experience of AC. This knowledge underscores the need for effective doctor–patient communication skills which could lead to improved delivery of care and more positive outcomes.

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Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Fletcher, K. J., Nair, R. d., Macniven, J. A. B., Basu, S. and Byrne, P. (2012), An interpretative phenomenological analysis of the patient experience of awake craniotomy: Brain tumour diagnosis to discharge. British Journal of Health Psychology, 17: 828–842, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.2044-8287.2012.02079.x This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute of Work, Health and Organization
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.2044-8287.2012.02079.x
Depositing User: Dziunka, Patricia
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2016 07:44
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2016 17:23
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/34988

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