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What are the psychological effects of Guillain-Barre Syndrome?

  • Research type

    Research Study

  • Full title

    What are the psychological effects of Guillain-Barre Syndrome? A grounded theory study.

  • IRAS ID

    182997

  • Contact name

    SJ (Ash) Summers

  • Contact email

    A.Summers@tees.ac.uk

  • Sponsor organisation

    Teesside University

  • Duration of Study in the UK

    1 years, 4 months, 2 days

  • Research summary

    What are the psychological effects of Guillain-Barre Syndrome?

    Guillain-Barre Syndrome is an autoimmune disease that affects 1 in 100,000 individuals (Seneviratne, 2000, pp.774). Experiencing Guillain-Barre Syndrome can result in high levels of depression and anxiety (Babur, Shahzad & Awan, 2014, pp.7-11). An awareness of the psychological effects of this syndrome is needed to facilitate current treatment.

    Whilst descriptive accounts of the psychosocial impact of Guillain-Barre Syndrome exist, there is no understanding of the psychological effects across onset, plateau and recovery. There is no understanding of the processes involved. Recovery can be lengthy, therefore, individuals with a diagnosis in the preceding 5 years will be invited to take part in the study. A grounded theory method will be used as it is an inductive approach that will generate a model that captures and explains the psychological effects of Guillain-Barre Syndrome from admission through recovery. This understanding will be used to inform interventions to reduce psychological distress and improve the experience of recovering from Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

  • REC name

    South Central - Hampshire A Research Ethics Committee

  • REC reference

    16/SC/0368

  • Date of REC Opinion

    25 Jul 2016

  • REC opinion

    Further Information Favourable Opinion