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Patient experience of pregnancy-related venous thrombosis: A phenomenological study

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Emma Gee, Lara Roberts, Roopen Arya, Vicki Tsianakas

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-90
Number of pages5
JournalThrombosis Research
Early online date20 Oct 2019
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019

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This study used a descriptive phenomenological approach to explore the lived experience of women diagnosed with VTE in pregnancy and the perinatal period. The study setting was a London, university affiliated hospital. The sample consisted of nine women with deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism in pregnancy or up to six weeks post-partum, diagnosed in the last two years. Semi-structured interviews were undertaken using an interview guide. Interviews were transcribed and analysed using phenomenological descriptive analysis. Clustered invariant constituents that represented the lived experience of subjects emerged. The study revealed that the experience of pregnancy-related venous thrombosis is an overwhelmingly negative one with the journey through diagnosis and treatment being fraught with challenges, uncertainty and anxiety. Four main themes that contributed to the women's lived experience were identified: 1. Challenges in establishing a diagnosis; 2. Dealing with diagnosis; 3. Coping with treatment; and 4. Fears for the future. This is the first study to explore the experience of pregnancy-related venous thrombosis and offers valuable insight into the phenomenon. There is opportunity for clinicians to enhance the experience of pregnancy-related venous thromboembolism (PRVTE) by improving communication and information given to patients, clarifying diagnostic and treatment pathways and improving awareness of the condition.

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