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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/308258
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
The Lived Experience of Female Doctor Shoppers
Author(s):
Worley, Julie A.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
N/A
Author Details:
Julie A. Worley, PhD, Julie_Worley@Rush.edu
Abstract:

Poster presented on: Sunday, November 17, 2013, Saturday, November 16, 2013

Prescription drug abuse is a significant problem in the United States with huge societal and financial cost. Doctor shopping is a form of prescription drug diversion and occurs when patients visit numerous prescribers and pharmacies to obtain prescriptions for controlled drugs for illicit use.  Little research has been done on the phenomenon of doctor shopping.  The purpose of this study was to examine the meaning of the experiences of female doctor shoppers through a phenomenological study guided by the existential philosophy of Merleau-Ponty.  The sample included 14 women ranging in age from 27 to 51.  Participants were asked to share their information about their experience doctor shopping. Data from the interviews was coded and thematically analyzed.  A thematic structure of the meaning of doctor shopping was developed which encompassed four themes: (1) “feeding the addiction”(2) “networking with addicts” (3) “playing the system” and (4) ”baiting the doctors.”   The paricipants in this study experienced their world as being retricted and limited to activities related to doctor shopping.  They had little time for anything or anyone else in their lives.  Their experience of their bodies was that they were empty shells that needed to be filled with drugs.  Addiction drove them to doctor shop when they experienced cravings or withdrawal symptoms.  They worked with other addicts to gain information and to doctor shop together.  They used many complicated methods to play the system which was hard work and caused them to be afraid.  They played the prescribers by conning and manipulation which was easy and often thrilling. 

 

Keywords:
prescription drug abuse; doctor shopping; women
Repository Posting Date:
19-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriott
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Lived Experience of Female Doctor Shoppersen_GB
dc.contributor.authorWorley, Julie A.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentN/Aen_GB
dc.author.detailsJulie A. Worley, PhD, Julie_Worley@Rush.eduen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/308258-
dc.description.abstract<p>Poster presented on: Sunday, November 17, 2013, Saturday, November 16, 2013</p>Prescription drug abuse is a significant problem in the United States with huge societal and financial cost. Doctor shopping is a form of prescription drug diversion and occurs when patients visit numerous prescribers and pharmacies to obtain prescriptions for controlled drugs for illicit use.  Little research has been done on the phenomenon of doctor shopping.  The purpose of this study was to examine the meaning of the experiences of female doctor shoppers through a phenomenological study guided by the existential philosophy of Merleau-Ponty.  The sample included 14 women ranging in age from 27 to 51.  Participants were asked to share their information about their experience doctor shopping. Data from the interviews was coded and thematically analyzed.  A thematic structure of the meaning of doctor shopping was developed which encompassed four themes: (1) <i>“feeding the addiction”</i>(2) <i>“networking with addicts”</i> (3) <i>“playing the system”</i> and (4) <i>”baiting the doctors.” </i>  The paricipants in this study experienced their world as being retricted and limited to activities related to doctor shopping.  They had little time for anything or anyone else in their lives.  Their experience of their bodies was that they were empty shells that needed to be filled with drugs.  Addiction drove them to doctor shop when they experienced cravings or withdrawal symptoms.  They worked with other addicts to gain information and to doctor shop together.  They used many complicated methods to play the system which was hard work and caused them to be afraid.  They played the prescribers by conning and manipulation which was easy and often thrilling.  <p align="center"><b> </b>en_GB
dc.subjectprescription drug abuseen_GB
dc.subjectdoctor shoppingen_GB
dc.subjectwomenen_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:28:57Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:28:57Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.description42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriotten_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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