Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-2016

Department

Sociology

Department

Sociology

Abstract

This paper presents and discusses the findings of a qualitative thematic analysis of interviews with eight Pulmonary Hypertension patients who discussed their illness experiences. This is an important topic to research, as Pulmonary Hypertension is a rare, invisible and potentially terminal illness about which little substantive research in both the medical and social scientific fields has been done. The diagnosis experience, day-today life, and resilience and coping are the three dominant themes found in these interviews. The analysis of these themes indicates that the participants in this study who are living with Pulmonary Hypertension have been able to maintain a positive approach to life throughout their illness experiences, despite the hardships they have faced and the challenges Pulmonary Hypertension has posed to them.