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Persons with hepatitis C experienced fatigue as being multidimensional with severity dependent on intensity, duration, and frequency

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Q How do persons living with hepatitis C experience fatigue?


Grounded theory.




28 participants with hepatitis C who were 36–64 years of age {mean age 41.5 y}* (71% women). Most participants were infected with hepatitis C as a result of receiving infected blood or plasma transfusions or through needle sharing during the use of illicit intravenous drugs.


Indepth interviews were done until theoretical saturation was achieved. 24 interviews were tape recorded. Notes were taken of the other 4 interviews. Mean duration of interviews was 80 minutes (range 50–180 min). After the interviews, each participant spent ⩾30 minutes in a debriefing session. Open, axial, and selective coding processes were used. Analysis included making constant comparisons and …

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  • * Information provided by author.

  • For correspondence: Dr M Glacken, University of Dublin, Trinity College, School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies, Dublin, Ireland.

  • Source of funding: no external funding.