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Men and chronic illness: A qualitative study of LUTS

Emberton, M; O'Neill, M; Gannon, K; Glover, L

Authors

M Emberton

M O'Neill

K Gannon

Abstract

In order to determine how men react to and manage chronic conditions 16 men with Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS) were interviewed to examine the relationship between detecting symptoms and seeking medical help, perceptions of symptoms and the impact of symptoms on daily life. Transcripts were analysed employing IPA and four major themes identified: Uncertainty/Trying to understand, Implications, Ways of coping and Self-concept/Identity. Uncertainty about the nature and origins of their condition and its gradual onset contributed to the delay in seeking medical advice. Men adopted a range of coping strategies to manage their symptoms. Implications for primary health care consultations are considered.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 1, 2004
Journal JOURNAL OF HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
Print ISSN 1359-1053
Electronic ISSN 1461-7277
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Issue 3
Pages 411-420
Institution Citation Emberton, M., O'Neill, M., Gannon, K., & Glover, L. (2004). Men and chronic illness: A qualitative study of LUTS. Journal of health psychology, 9(3), 411-420. doi:10.1177/1359105304042350
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105304042350
Keywords Applied Psychology