Journal article

An exploration of significant others? experience with ongoing vestibular disorders

Lauren Story, Caitlin Barr, Richard Dowell, Jessica Vitkovic

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF AUDIOLOGY | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

Objective: To understand the lived experiences of Significant Others (SOs) of people with ongoing vestibular symptoms.Design: Qualitative semi-structured interviews were conducted and analysed using thematic analysis.Study sample: Ten SOs of people with ongoing vestibular symptoms were interviewed. Maximum variation sampling was used.Results: Four predominant themes were identified from the data: (1) Journey The progression of learning to understand, cope and adapt with a family member's vestibular condition is a unique journey; (2) Ownership Participants reported varying levels of ownership of their family member's vestibular condition. Those who considered the vestibular condition as a joi..

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