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Patient power and control: A study of women with uncertain illness trajectories
Åsbring, P., Stockholm Center of Public Health, Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Society, Diversity, Identity .ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3596-4809
2004 (English)In: Qualitative Health Research, ISSN 1049-7323, Vol. 14, no 2, 226-240 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The authors interviewed 12 women diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome and 13 with fibromyalgia with the aim of determining the strategies they perceive themselves as using to gain control over their situation during the health care process. The results highlight various strategies that the women report applying to find a way of managing the illness and to influence caregivers. They describe, for example, how they try to gain control over their situation by acquiring knowledge about the illness. The women also describe various power strategies they use in their interaction with the caregivers to take command of their situation, namely exiting, noncompliance, confrontation, persuasion/insistence, making demands, and demonstrative distancing. © 2004 Sage Publications.

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2004. Vol. 14, no 2, 226-240 p.
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Chronic fatigue syndrome, Control, Fibromyalgia, Knowledge, Patient power, Uncertainty
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-45573DOI: 10.1177/1049732303260682OAI: diva2:266469
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2016-08-31

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