Navigating Through the ôMedical Industrial Complexö With Symptomatic Hepatitis C

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/153609
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Presentation
Title:
Navigating Through the ôMedical Industrial Complexö With Symptomatic Hepatitis C
Abstract:
Navigating Through the ôMedical Industrial Complexö With Symptomatic Hepatitis C
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2005
Author:Laskowski, Cheryl, DNS, APRN-BC
P.I. Institution Name:University of Vermont
Title:Assistant Professor
13 individuals participated in this grounded theory study on the experience of living with symptomatic hepatitis C. The participants described a multitude of symptoms including fatigue, depression and ôbrain fog.ö Complicating their experiencing of these symptoms, for several study participants, was their prior history of injection drug use. For these individuals, treatment modalities for hepatitis C often triggered feelings associated with prior injection drug use. Hepatic encephalopathy (ôbrain fogö) was especially distressing as it mimicked the fogginess associated with illicit substance use. Because of their often disabling symptoms, participants were struggling to plot a course through the health care system. Methods for coping with symptom distress involved standardized medical treatment as well as complementary modalities. Alternatives to mainstream medicine, including herbal remedies, meditation, yoga and vitamins were found to be helpful by several study participants. However, fatigue associated with hepatitis C, as well as socio-economic factors such as poverty and homelessness, precluded the integration of these complementary modalities for some individuals. Some study participants were openly antagonistic towards the medical industrial complex, critiquing pharmaceutical companies (ôthey're using us as guinea pigsö) and physicians (ôthey're just used liver salesmenö). Regardless of their feelings towards the medical establishment, the majority of study participants recognized the lack of resources available for people living with symptomatic hepatitis C. One study participant noted that ôit makes all the difference if you've got the æi' or the æc' between the h and the v.ö Moving from the clinical gaze (Foucault, 1973) to an exploration of the lived realities of symptom distress, this presentation highlights the dialectic experience of maintaining personhood within the ômedical industrial complex.ö The findings of this qualitative research study, including words of the study participants, will be contrasted with published textbook material and quotes from pharmaceutical brochures relating to hepatitis C.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleNavigating Through the ôMedical Industrial Complexö With Symptomatic Hepatitis Cen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/153609-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Navigating Through the &ocirc;Medical Industrial Complex&ouml; With Symptomatic Hepatitis C</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2005</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Laskowski, Cheryl, DNS, APRN-BC</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Vermont</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">cheryl.laskowski@uvm.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">13 individuals participated in this grounded theory study on the experience of living with symptomatic hepatitis C. The participants described a multitude of symptoms including fatigue, depression and &ocirc;brain fog.&ouml; Complicating their experiencing of these symptoms, for several study participants, was their prior history of injection drug use. For these individuals, treatment modalities for hepatitis C often triggered feelings associated with prior injection drug use. Hepatic encephalopathy (&ocirc;brain fog&ouml;) was especially distressing as it mimicked the fogginess associated with illicit substance use. Because of their often disabling symptoms, participants were struggling to plot a course through the health care system. Methods for coping with symptom distress involved standardized medical treatment as well as complementary modalities. Alternatives to mainstream medicine, including herbal remedies, meditation, yoga and vitamins were found to be helpful by several study participants. However, fatigue associated with hepatitis C, as well as socio-economic factors such as poverty and homelessness, precluded the integration of these complementary modalities for some individuals. Some study participants were openly antagonistic towards the medical industrial complex, critiquing pharmaceutical companies (&ocirc;they're using us as guinea pigs&ouml;) and physicians (&ocirc;they're just used liver salesmen&ouml;). Regardless of their feelings towards the medical establishment, the majority of study participants recognized the lack of resources available for people living with symptomatic hepatitis C. One study participant noted that &ocirc;it makes all the difference if you've got the &aelig;i' or the &aelig;c' between the h and the v.&ouml; Moving from the clinical gaze (Foucault, 1973) to an exploration of the lived realities of symptom distress, this presentation highlights the dialectic experience of maintaining personhood within the &ocirc;medical industrial complex.&ouml; The findings of this qualitative research study, including words of the study participants, will be contrasted with published textbook material and quotes from pharmaceutical brochures relating to hepatitis C.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T12:23:23Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T12:23:23Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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