Exploring the Impact of Chronic Disease: Understanding the Experiences of Individuals Living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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This research aimed to explore how individuals live and cope with a diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). IBD is a chronic condition that comprises of ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease (CD). UC is characterised by inflammation and ulceration of the rectum and colon. CD displays a deep level of inflammation to the gut, particularly affecting the ileum. In an attempt to understand the lived experience of having IBD the study followed a qualitative method design, and an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) was the chosen form of analysis. The participants consisted of a female, homogeneous sample gathered through purposeful selection based on their diagnosis of IBD. Semi-structured interviews were conducted in order to collect the data. Living with IBD was described to be problematic in many ways for the participants, for example due to others lacking understanding and embarrassment associated with the illness. There were also signs of the participants accepting and coping well with their diagnosis of IBD. Future research could consider the possible reasons around why others show a lacking understanding towards IBD as well as exploring the resilience shown by the participants, as these two prominent themes are not well established in other qualitative research.
B.Sc. (Hons) Psychology