This study aimed at exploring the hematologists' internal representation of a difficult encounter with a hemophilic patient, using a written open format. Narrations were analyzed with Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Three main issues were identified, each with sub-issues: (1) Inside the relationship: to tell or not to tell, the balance between a normal life and a deviant medical condition, the guilt; (2) The borders of the professional role: professional values, the "do-it-all" doctor; and (3) The existential confrontation. This study reveals the deep involvement of physicians with their patients, at a professional level and, strongly, at a personal level. The experience of being so deeply involved should be considered in the continuing medical programs for physicians dealing with hemophilia.

Difficult encounters with a hemophilic patient : the inner perspective of physicians / E. Vegni, D.A. Leone, C. Biasoli, E. Moja. - In: JOURNAL OF HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY. - ISSN 1359-1053. - 19:12(2014), pp. 1499-1507.

Difficult encounters with a hemophilic patient : the inner perspective of physicians

E. Vegni
Primo
;
D.A. Leone
Secondo
;
E. Moja
Ultimo
2014

Abstract

This study aimed at exploring the hematologists' internal representation of a difficult encounter with a hemophilic patient, using a written open format. Narrations were analyzed with Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Three main issues were identified, each with sub-issues: (1) Inside the relationship: to tell or not to tell, the balance between a normal life and a deviant medical condition, the guilt; (2) The borders of the professional role: professional values, the "do-it-all" doctor; and (3) The existential confrontation. This study reveals the deep involvement of physicians with their patients, at a professional level and, strongly, at a personal level. The experience of being so deeply involved should be considered in the continuing medical programs for physicians dealing with hemophilia.
hematologists' representation; hemophilia; Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis; physician's attitude; qualitative research
Settore M-PSI/08 - Psicologia Clinica
Settore MED/15 - Malattie del Sangue
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