Projects per year
Methods: Three semi-structured in-depth face to face interviews were conducted with adult patients admitted to a public hospital in South East Queensland, Australia for acute, uncomplicated diverticulitis treatment. Interviews were analysed following the interpretive phenomenological analysis (IPA) framework.
Results: Inter-related themes of knowledge, control, social stigmatisation, and vulnerability were found to sit within a broad experience driven by fear of food and suffering. Theme interpretation guided the development of a “diverticulitis fear and suffering framework” which explained a phenomenon experienced by the patients. Sitting in a context of a lack of knowledge by patients, family, and health professionals, food was used as a vehicle of blame and causality for diverticulitis occurrence. “Fear of food” was a trigger for a cycle, which commences with dietary restrictions and leads to stigma, loss of culture, failure, blame, guilt, vulnerability, and back to a fear of food. With each cycle, fear of food, dietary restrictions, and patient suffering worsen.
Conclusions: Considering patient experiences highlights the need for a multidisciplinary collaborative approach to avoid unnecessary dietary restrictions to prevent avoidable suffering by patients. Increased research regarding the dietary management of acute diverticulitis is essential to improve evidence-based practice to improve the quality of life for diverticulitis patients.
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2019|
|Event||41st ESPEN Congress on Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism: Nutrition - A Highway to Health - Krakow, Poland|
Duration: 31 Aug 2019 → 3 Sep 2019
Nutrition for Chronic Disease and Disability: Research to improve health related quality of life and bring forward the under-represented voice
1/01/14 → 31/08/30
Isenring, E., Marshall, S., Reidlinger, D., Kelly, J., Cox, G., Van der Meij, B., MacKenzie-Shalders, K., Mayr, H., Dahl, C., Crichton, M., O'Bryan, K. R., Norris, R., Warner, M., Davidson, A., Naranjo, A., Mahoney, S., Eberhardt, F., Dalwood, P., Lopez, E., Hofto, S., Innerarity, C. & So, D.
1/01/14 → 31/12/27
Activities per year
Skye Marshall (Supervisor)
Activity: Professional Development, Mentorship, Supervision and Other Activities › Non-HDR Student Supervision