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Qualitative Analysis on the Impact of Fatigue on Individuals Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis

Stockton, Aimee (2014) Qualitative Analysis on the Impact of Fatigue on Individuals Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Manchester Metropolitan University. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The following research explores the impact of fatigue on Individuals diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis; building on the research by Olsson et al (2003), but alternatively offers a comparative approach; incorporating both men and women rather than focusing solely on one gender. Existing literature frequently centres upon quantitative methodologies, focusing on prevalence rates and statistics; thus the research employs a qualitative methodology to gain a more in depth understanding of individual experiences of fatigue and Multiple Sclerosis. Six semi-structured, ethnographic interviews were conducted; subsequently being transcribed and analysed through use of a thematic analysis based on Braun and Clarke’s (2006) principles. Three themes were uncovered: identity change, stigmatism and emotional consequences; with analysis showing the significant association between such themes and fatigue. These are supported with ample evidence, allowing a comprehensive insight into individual experiences. Furthermore, identity change and stigmatism were generally exposed to be gendered.

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