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Chronic illness, reproductive health and moral work: women's experiences of epilepsy

Thompson, Diane, Thomas, Hilary, Solomon, Juliet, Nashef, Lina, Kendall, Sally (2008) Chronic illness, reproductive health and moral work: women's experiences of epilepsy. Chronic Illness, 4 (1). pp. 54-64. ISSN 1742-3953. E-ISSN 1745-9206. (doi:10.1177/1742395307086696) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Background: The impact of chronic illness on families has long been noted in the literature, but in such studies families appear as ready-formed entities. This exploratory qualitative study addresses the largely unacknowledged work involved in the production of families and the maintenance of reproductive health by women with epilepsy, a condition whose symptoms and treatment have serious implications for all aspects of reproductive health. Methods: Qualitative in-depth interviews were conducted with a sample of 15 women aged 20–40 years diagnosed with epilepsy and recruited from across the UK. The women had a range of neurological symptoms and hence different diagnostic categories; most had been diagnosed during childhood or adolescence. Ten women had at least one child. Results: Women’s experiences of healthcare services for key phases of reproduction are explored. While some women reported that they had received good healthcare, others reported that they were given inadequate information and that advice was offered too late to enable them to take appropriate action. Discussion: Management of both epilepsy and reproductive health involves work with a significant moral dimension, the accomplishment of which is contingent on appropriate and timely advice from healthcare practitioners.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/1742395307086696
Uncontrolled keywords: Epilepsy, Reproduction, Women’s health
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ755 Popular works. Guidebook for parents > HQ755.8 Parents. Parenthood
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Tony Rees
Date Deposited: 04 May 2016 11:03 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 17:17 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/55225 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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