Women's experiences with vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia

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Objective: To explore women's experiences with vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia during diagnosis and treatment. Design: Two focus groups, each with 3 participants, were conducted as a pilot study. Participants were asked open-ended questions about their experiences, quality of life, sexual functioning, body image, and well-being. Responses were audio taped, transcribed, and independently analyzed by 2 researchers to identify themes and develop categories of the participants' experiences. Setting: Participants were recruited from an urban oncology clinic. Patients/Participants: The study population consisted of 6 White women ranging in age from 22 to 72 years. Methods: Participants with a diagnosis of vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia were recruited using flyers posted in their oncologist's office. An interview guide was used focusing on participants' experiences. Results: Participants described a cyclic journey with vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia related to the recurrent nature of the disease. Two internal influences on the journey were described: spirituality and time in life. Five external influences were discussed: significant others, health care providers, family, friends, and others with vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia. Conclusion: Health care providers cannot alter the recurrent nature of vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia; however, they can better understand a woman's experience and the variables that impact her experience in a negative or positive way.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)640-646
Number of pages7
JournalJOGNN - Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing
Volume37
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

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Neoplasms
Health Personnel
Spirituality
Body Image
Focus Groups
Quality of Life
Research Personnel
Interviews
Population
Therapeutics
Oncologists

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics
  • Critical Care
  • Maternity and Midwifery

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