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Thematic analysis of blog narratives written by people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and care partners
  • Published Date:
    Jan 01 2018
  • Source:
    Dementia (London). :1471301218768162.
  • Language:
    English


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  • Pubmed ID:
    29642716
  • Pubmed Central ID:
    PMC6027602
  • Description:
    Limited research takes a socio-biographical approach to study the experiences and perspectives of individuals affected by Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. The purpose of this study was to thematically analyze blog narratives written by people with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia and care partners in order to increase understanding of their experiences. Nineteen blogs written by people with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia and 44 blogs written by care partners were analyzed. The first two authors utilized line-by-line open coding to analyze five posts from each group for the development of a codebook. Using NVivo software, the first author proceeded to code the remaining blogs for emergent themes and subcategories. Emergent themes included (1) effects of Alzheimer's disease and related dementia on the person with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia and/or the care partner; (2) seeing the positives; (3) feeling out of control; (4) advocacy and empowerment; (5) coping mechanisms and compensatory strategies; and (6) candid descriptions of experiences with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia. These themes also encompassed numerous subcategories that are discussed in this paper. Results from this study provide insights into the experiences of individuals affected by Alzheimer's disease and related dementia. Writers discussed several topics that are consistent with research on illness narratives of individuals with chronic diseases, including loss of identity, strategies for coping, and poignant descriptions of life with the disease. This study provides information in the form of overlapping themes from first-person perspectives of numerous individuals affected by Alzheimer's disease and related dementia. This type of data is crucial to understand the experiences of people who live with ADRD.

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