Lupus, a chronic illness that mainly affects women, presents numerous challenges to health professionals due to the unpredictable nature of the disease course.
To provide appropriate educational interventions for those living with lupus, health educators must develop methods best suited to individuals'current mental representations of their illness.
A cognitive mapping strategy was used in this study to ascertain the patients'own perceptions of living with lupus.
The participants (N=20) identified 192 unduplicated concepts in their maps, which were ultimately collapsed into 12 major categories.
The results of this study indicate that, although diagnosed with the same illness, the women presented with different mental representations of their illness.
Consequently, cognitive mapping could serve as a useful tool to initiate tailored educational interventions for those living with lupus.
Mots-clés Pascal : Lupus, Autoperception, Représentation mentale, Evaluation, Homme, Femelle, Peau pathologie, Perception sociale
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Lupus, Self perception, Mental representation, Evaluation, Human, Female, Skin disease, Social perception
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0414390
Code Inist : 002B08J. Création : 22/03/2000.