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    The lived experiences of deep brain stimulation in Parkinson’s disease: an interpretative phenomenological analysis

    Shamoon, S. and Smith, Jonathan A. and Jahanshahi, M. (2019) The lived experiences of deep brain stimulation in Parkinson’s disease: an interpretative phenomenological analysis. Parkinson's Disease , ISSN 2090-8083.

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    Abstract

    Deep Brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus (STN-DBS) is an effective treatment for Parkinson’s disease (PD). In this study we used an interpretative phenomenological analysis to explore how 10 male people with PD experienced life after STN-DBS surgery. Two themes emerged. The first: “Healed and relieved: all that glitters isn’t gold,” highlights the benefits and the personal ‘costs’ of surgery. The second: “The change within: new interpretations of the present and future unfold”, explores how the operated patients reinterpreted their lives as individuals and members of society in the present and as they face their future. Relief, gratitude, disappointment, the need for social support are expressed as well as a new appraisal of values and the future. STN-DBS alters the life course of people with PD and this study provides new insight into psychological and social issues that surgery raises for the patient and their family system. These psychosocial issues should be taken into account when preparing the patient and their family for surgery or supporting them post operatively.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Jonathan Smith
    Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2019 12:11
    Last Modified: 26 Feb 2020 17:35
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/25417

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