Disease-based traumas transform lives: A qualitative study focused on healthcare professionals1


SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE, vol.305, 2022 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 305
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2022.115084
  • Title of Journal : SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE
  • Keywords: Disease-based trauma, Post-traumatic transformation, Post-traumatic growth, Work-life, Health psychology, Turkey, Qualitative, POSTTRAUMATIC-STRESS-DISORDER, ACQUIRED BRAIN-INJURY, GROWTH


Rationale: Traumas occur at unexpected moments and become a turning point in life and can cause people to experience transformations. While these transformations can progress negatively, it is also possible for people to experience positive transformations after trauma (post-traumatic growth). Objective: This study aims to reveal how the physicians and nurses with disease-based traumas make sense of their experiences to provide better insights into the transformative power of these traumas. Both social life and work-life were evaluated from the social dimensions of trauma. Also, the advantages and disadvantages of being a health professional in this process were examined. Methods: Qualitative research method was used in the study and data were obtained through interviews with 23 participants who experienced the case of disease-based trauma. As a result of the interviews, 253 pages of data were obtained. The data were subjected to thematic analysis and the Maxqda Program was used. Results: The data obtained through the interviews conducted within this attempt were categorized into parent themes such as being a health worker, post-traumatic transformations, changes in business life, and changes in the role of a service provider. Conclusions: As a result of the study, it was seen that the social relations, philosophy of life, belief systems, and self-perceptions of healthcare professionals were transformed after the disease-based trauma and innovations occurred in their lives. Also, positive and negative changes have been determined in the relationships of healthcare professionals who have experienced disease-based trauma with their colleagues and managers their sense of belonging to the organization, the way they provide health services, and their approach to patients.