Coping with a difficult-to-diagnose illness

the example of interstitial cystitis.

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Abstract

Some individuals who frequent medical facilities have physiologically based illnesses that are rare, difficult to diagnose, or typically underdiagnosed. These individuals may consult several physicians over a long period of time without obtaining a definitive diagnosis. Often, these individuals are women. In some instances, their symptoms are inaccurately attributed to psychological factors. Some women who suffer from interstitial cystitis, for example, have reported this experience. Four coping challenges faced by individuals with difficult-to-diagnose illnesses are suggested. These challenges are situational ambiguity, characterological attributions, blocked information seeking, and limited opportunities for downward social comparisons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-198
Number of pages8
JournalHealth Care for Women International
Volume12
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1991
Externally publishedYes

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Coping with a difficult-to-diagnose illness : the example of interstitial cystitis. / Draucker, Claire.

In: Health Care for Women International, Vol. 12, No. 2, 04.1991, p. 191-198.

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