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The psychological impact of the unpredictability of multiple sclerosis: a qualitative literature meta-synthesis

Rose, Hannah; das Nair, Roshan

Authors

Hannah Rose

Roshan das Nair roshan.dasnair@nottingham.ac.uk

Abstract

Background: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological conditioncharacterised by an unpredictable nature. This characteristic is reported to be the largest challenge for individuals with the condition. Chronic illness literature highlights the psychological impact of unpredictability, but there is a paucity of research examining this concept in MS.

Objectives: This systematic review aimed to explore the psychological impact of unpredictability in MS.

Methods: A meta-synthesis was conducted. A total of 6 studies with 59 participants were reviewed and critically appraised. Themes relating to the psychological impact of unpredictability were extracted and synthesised.

Results: A preliminary model of the unpredictability of MS was developed highlighting the different psychological impacts of diagnosis, remission and relapse.

Conclusions: The psychological impact of unpredictability alters through diagnosis, remission and relapse. Further research is required to explore the experience of unpredictability in MS.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing
Print ISSN 1747-0307
Electronic ISSN 1747-0307
Publisher Mark Allen Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Issue 4
Institution Citation Rose, H., & das Nair, R. (in press). The psychological impact of the unpredictability of multiple sclerosis: a qualitative literature meta-synthesis. British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 9(4), doi:10.12968/bjnn.2013.9.4.172
DOI https://doi.org/10.12968/bjnn.2013.9.4.172
Keywords Multiple sclerosis, psychological impact, unpredictability, systematic review, qualitative, synthesis
Publisher URL http://www.magonlinelibrary.com/doi/abs/10.12968/bjnn.2013.9.4.172
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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