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It's Part of Me, Not All of Me : Young Women's Experiences of Receiving a Diagnosis Related to Diverse Sex Development

Lundberg, Tove LU ; Roen, Katrina; Hirschberg, Angelica L. and Frisén, Louise (2016) In Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology 29(4). p.338-343
Abstract (Swedish)
Study Objective: To understand young women's experiences of receiving a diagnosis related to diverse sex development.
Design: A qualitative narrative analysis of interviews.
Setting: Karolinska University Hospital.
Participants: Nine women (aged 20-26 years) with complete androgen insensitivity syndrome, XY or XX gonadal dysgenesis.
Interventions: Semistructured interviews.
Main Outcome Measures: A narrative approach was used to analyze the interviews. This involved identification of individual narratives of receiving the diagnosis, as well as identification of key issues that were common across interviews.
Results: The analysis showed how participants' prediagnosis life experiences framed how medical information... (More)
Study Objective: To understand young women's experiences of receiving a diagnosis related to diverse sex development.
Design: A qualitative narrative analysis of interviews.
Setting: Karolinska University Hospital.
Participants: Nine women (aged 20-26 years) with complete androgen insensitivity syndrome, XY or XX gonadal dysgenesis.
Interventions: Semistructured interviews.
Main Outcome Measures: A narrative approach was used to analyze the interviews. This involved identification of individual narratives of receiving the diagnosis, as well as identification of key issues that were common across interviews.
Results: The analysis showed how participants' prediagnosis life experiences framed how medical information was perceived upon diagnosis. All participants had been informed about their condition before the study, but not all remembered the name of their diagnosis. Participants described positive characteristics of health professionals, such as being flexible and able to adapt to patients' individual needs. Clinicians' strategies, such as normalizing patients' experiences, were usually perceived as supportive, but were not always considered helpful. After the diagnosis, participants were worried about potential social, practical, and philosophical issues.
Conclusion: This research highlighted the importance of clinicians taking an exploratory and individualized approach to the sensitive process of disclosing a diagnosis related to diverse sex development to young adults. There are various strategies health professionals can use that might help young people to develop their knowledge about their condition: (1) repeating information to help the patient remember; (2) using language that is not too medicalized; and (3) communicating in a way that is meaningfully connected to patients' everyday lives. (Less)
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Disorders of sex development, androgen insensitivity syndrome, Diagnosis, Disclosure, Gonadal dysgenesis, Intersex conditions, narrative analysis, Patient-Centered Care, young adult, disorders of sex development, Androgen insensitivity syndrome, diagnosis, disclosure, gonadal dysgenesis, intersex conditions, narrative analysis, patient-centered care, young adult
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Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
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29
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1083-3188
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10.1016/j.jpag.2015.11.009
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  abstract     = {Study Objective: To understand young women's experiences of receiving a diagnosis related to diverse sex development.<br/>Design: A qualitative narrative analysis of interviews.<br/>Setting: Karolinska University Hospital.<br/>Participants: Nine women (aged 20-26 years) with complete androgen insensitivity syndrome, XY or XX gonadal dysgenesis.<br/>Interventions: Semistructured interviews.<br/>Main Outcome Measures: A narrative approach was used to analyze the interviews. This involved identification of individual narratives of receiving the diagnosis, as well as identification of key issues that were common across interviews.<br/>Results: The analysis showed how participants' prediagnosis life experiences framed how medical information was perceived upon diagnosis. All participants had been informed about their condition before the study, but not all remembered the name of their diagnosis. Participants described positive characteristics of health professionals, such as being flexible and able to adapt to patients' individual needs. Clinicians' strategies, such as normalizing patients' experiences, were usually perceived as supportive, but were not always considered helpful. After the diagnosis, participants were worried about potential social, practical, and philosophical issues.<br/>Conclusion: This research highlighted the importance of clinicians taking an exploratory and individualized approach to the sensitive process of disclosing a diagnosis related to diverse sex development to young adults. There are various strategies health professionals can use that might help young people to develop their knowledge about their condition: (1) repeating information to help the patient remember; (2) using language that is not too medicalized; and (3) communicating in a way that is meaningfully connected to patients' everyday lives.},
  author       = {Lundberg, Tove and Roen, Katrina and Hirschberg, Angelica L. and Frisén, Louise},
  issn         = {1083-3188},
  keyword      = {Disorders of sex development,androgen insensitivity syndrome,Diagnosis,Disclosure,Gonadal dysgenesis,Intersex conditions,narrative analysis,Patient-Centered Care,young adult,disorders of sex development,Androgen insensitivity syndrome,diagnosis,disclosure,gonadal dysgenesis,intersex conditions,narrative analysis,patient-centered care,young adult},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {08},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {338--343},
  publisher    = {Elsevier USA},
  series       = {Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology},
  title        = {It's Part of Me, Not All of Me : Young Women's Experiences of Receiving a Diagnosis Related to Diverse Sex Development},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpag.2015.11.009},
  volume       = {29},
  year         = {2016},
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