Written by Zinat Mohebbi, Farkhondeh Sharif, Hamid Peyrovi, Mahnaz Rakhshan, Mahvash Alizade Naini, Ladan Zarshenas
Parent Category: Year 2017, Volume 9
Category: Volume 9, Issue 12, December 2017
Background: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), as a chronic digestive disorder, impacts extensively on the quality of life, emotional well-being and self-identity. Chronic illness disrupts taken-for-granted notions about self. No qualitative study was found regarding patients’ experience of life with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in Iran.
Objective: To explore the self-perception of lived experience of IBS patients.
Methods: A qualitative study with hermeneutic phenomenological approach was conducted on 12 IBS patients who had been referred to three central clinics (2 governmental and 1 private) affiliated to Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. The data were collected through in-depth semi-structured interviews from July 2015 to September 2016 by purposeful sampling. Thematic analysis was carried out using Van Manen’s six-step methodological framework as a guide. In addition, MAXQDA software was used for data management.
Results: In this study, two main themes “the threatened self” and “deep self-knowledge”, emerged during the life of patients with IBS, indicating the meaning of self-perception of such patients. The theme of “the threatened self” consisted of two subthemes of “fear from stigmatization” and “bad sense of self”. The subthemes of “body knowledge”, “self-acceptance” and “personal growth” were related to deep self-knowledge.
Conclusion: The results of the present study could be applied in designing and implementation effective and holistic care of IBS patients.
Keywords: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Self-perception, Qualitative research, Hermeneutic Phenomenology
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