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Identification of themes for personal recovery from anxiety disorders (GAS, PTSD and PD): a qualitative meta-analysis of patients’ perspectives

Schmidt, S.R. (2018) Identification of themes for personal recovery from anxiety disorders (GAS, PTSD and PD): a qualitative meta-analysis of patients’ perspectives.

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Abstract:In order to find out which themes were found in literature that patients themselves find important in the process of their own recovery, this study was a meta-analysis of qualitative studies. Specifically, the focus lay on patients with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Disorder (PD) and/or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).Literature was reviewed in four different databases: PsychInfo, Web of Science, Medline (PubMed) and Google Scholar. After a thorough selection process, ten qualitative studies were included in this study. Afterwards, the themes and sub-themes from those studies were extracted and sorted into different categories of a certain theoretical model - the CHIME model. The theme that was mentioned most frequently was Empowerment, followed by Connectedness, Hope and Optimism, Identity and Meaning in Life. Additionally, two further themes were included: Practical/Organizational Support and Hindering Factors. The findings indicate that the process of personal recovery is linked to the specific disorder the patient is suffering from, which is an indication for further research in this field.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/75650
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