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Title: A discourse analytic study of ME/CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) sufferers' experiences of interactions with doctors
Authors: Guise, Jennifer
McVittie, Chris
McKinlay, Andy
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Social and Health Sciences
Keywords: Discourse analysis
Email interviewing
Support group
Issue Date: Apr-2010
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
Rights: This is the author's final version of this article. Published version (c)SAGE Publications, available from DOI: 10.1177/1359105309350515
Citation: Guise, J., McVittie, C. and McKinlay, A. 2010. A discourse analytic study of ME/CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) sufferers' experiences of interactions with doctors. Journal of Health Psychology. 15(3): pp:426-435. Available from DOI: 10.1177/1359105309350515
Abstract: The aetiology, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of ME/CFS are controversial. Doctors and sufferers often have opposing perspectives, leading to problematic clinical interactions. We use discourse analysis to explore ME/CFS sufferers’ descriptions of interactions with medical professionals taken from an asynchronous, online sufferers’ support group. Participants described themselves as experiencing limited medical care and attention but restricted criticisms to ‘legitimate’, pragmatic or ancillary matters such as a clinicians’ unwillingness to prescribe untested treatments. Participants also described themselves as active in seeking a resolution to their problems. They thus attended to possible negative attributions of being ‘complaining’ or unmotivated to seek recovery.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/500
ISSN: 1359-1053
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