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The Fight for 'Health-related Normality': A Qualitative Study of the Experiences of Individuals Living with Established Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Nicola HallORCiD, Emeritus Professor Greg RubinORCiD, Emeritus Professor Amritpal Hungin, Dr Joanne Neely


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This article reports on the experiences of individuals living with IBD and identifies a range of coping strategies used by them. Qualitative data from 15 individual interviews and three focus groups were analysed using a grounded theory approach. The main focus is on the emergent core concept of ‘health-related normality’. A theoretical framework is proposed to explain how individuals with IBD assess their health-related normality, their fight to maintain it and their need to retain the appearance of normality to others. It is concluded that individuals maintain their health-related normality along certain time and context sensitive continuums rather than fitting into a distinct typology. © 2005, Sage Publications. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Hall NJ, Rubin GP, Dougall A, Hungin APS, Neely J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Health Psychology

Year: 2005

Volume: 10

Issue: 3

Pages: 443-455

Print publication date: 01/05/2005

ISSN (print): 1359-1053

ISSN (electronic): 1461-7277

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd


DOI: 10.1177/1359105305051433

PubMed id: 15857873


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