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dc.contributor.authorMitchell, S
dc.contributor.authorBungay, V
dc.contributor.authorDay, CA
dc.contributor.authorMooney-Somers, Julie
dc.date.accessioned2016-10-05
dc.date.available2016-10-05
dc.date.issued2016-01-01
dc.identifier.citationMitchell, S, Bungay, V, Day, CA, Mooney-Somers, J. 2016 Has the experience of Hepatitis C diagnosis improved over the last decade? An analysis of Canadian women's experiences of diagnosis. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 48(1): 21-28. DOI: 10.1177/0844562116665477. available at http://cjn.sagepub.com/content/48/1/21.fullen_AU
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2123/15734
dc.description.abstractBackground In Canada, incidents of new hepatitis C virus infections are rising among women aged 15–29 years and now comprise 60% of new infections among this age group. A negative diagnosis experience continues to be a problem affecting women living with hepatitis C virus. With new effective treatments, nurses will have more involvement in hepatitis C virus care and diagnosis, which is a critical time to facilitate appropriate education and management. Purpose This study explored Canadian women’s experience of hepatitis C virus diagnosis in order to develop recommendations to improve care at the point of diagnosis. Methods Purposive sampling was used to recruit and interview 25 women. Using narrative inquiry, we examined Canadian women’s experience of hepatitis C virus diagnosis. Results Women’s diagnosis experiences were shaped by the context of diagnosis, factors prompting the testing, the testing provider, and information/education received. The context of diagnosis foreshadowed how prepared women were for their results, and the absence of accurate information magnified the psychological distress that can follow an hepatitis C virus diagnosis. Conclusion Our findings provide a compelling case for a proactive nursing response, which will improve women’s experiences of hepatitis C virus diagnosis and, in turn, enhance women’s access to hepatitis C virus care and other healthcare services.en_AU
dc.language.isoenen_AU
dc.publisherSageen_AU
dc.subjecthepatitis C virus infectionsen_AU
dc.subjectwomen’s experienceen_AU
dc.subjecthepatitis C virus diagnosisen_AU
dc.subjectCanadaen_AU
dc.subjectnarrative inquiryen_AU
dc.titleHas the experience of Hepatitis C diagnosis improved over the last decade? An analysis of Canadian women's experiences of diagnosisen_AU
dc.typeArticleen_AU


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