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The influence of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Hypermobility Type on motherhood: a phenomenological, hermeneutical study

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Background: The consequences of the Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome hypermobility type (EDS-HT) affect many aspect of daily life. “Living with limitations" is a central theme in the life of patients affected by this heritable disorder of connective tissue. The aim of present study was to explore the lived experiences of women with EDS-HT concerning diagnosis, influence on daily life in becoming and being a mother.Method: A phenomenological-hermeneutical study, using in-depth interviews. Patients were selected by a purposive sampling strategy.Results: This study shows that the EDS-HT syndrome affects daily life. The data analysis results in six themes. (1) Getting a diagnosis is a relief; (2) EDS-HT causes emotional distress, imposes a physical burden and has a major impact on social behavior; (3) EDS-HT demands a restructuring of everyday activities; (4) Children’s and mothers’ expectations do not correspond; (5) Having a supportive social and physical environment is of major importance; (6) The strength of motherhood helps reducing the feeling of illness of the children. Conclusion: The diagnosis of EDS-HT is a catalysing factor in the choice of whether or not to become a mother. EDS-HT has a huge impact on bodily functions, which in turn influences activities and participation.Implications: Health care professionals can be of great importance to help patients in organizing their lives according to the available energy and in supporting their choices. The role of a ‘coach’ gains importance for patients with EDS-HT. This coach can either be a healthcare professional or a person from the familiar environment; who helps defining goals and setting priorities in daily life.
Boek: International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, 10th World congress, Abstracts
Aantal pagina's: 1
Jaar van publicatie:2016