A phenomenological inquiry into the lived experience of adults diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) employed by the NHS

Rowe, Kayte J., Bailey, Sarah, Teague, Bonnie ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3248-2257, Mattless, Kevin and Notley, Caitlin ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0876-3304 (2021) A phenomenological inquiry into the lived experience of adults diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) employed by the NHS. Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 25 (2). pp. 159-170. ISSN 2042-8308

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Abstract

Purpose: Approximately 3.5% of the workforce is diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). With a greater risk of work-related stress and absences, work-based social interactions and environments are significant factors. The purpose of this study was to identify the professional challenges and benefits of living with ADHD in healthcare settings. Design/methodology/approach: Interpretative phenomenological analysis was used to explore how employees with ADHD both experience and make sense of their employment and professional relationships. Participants self-identified from two NHS trusts and participated in semi-structured interviews. Findings: A total of seven interviews contributed to the final analysis. A total of four themes emerged: social environment (relationships), physical environment, behaviour and work tasks. Complex interactions were observed between individuals’ internal constructs and overall employment experience. Practical implications: The findings can be used to inform local NHS management frameworks for supporting workforce with ADHD. Originality/value: This is a novel study that explores the psychodynamic and physical presentations of ADHD providing a unique perspective on the challenges and strengths of employees with ADHD.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: adhd,adult,employment,lived experience,management,qualitative,phychiatric mental health,health(social science),psychiatry and mental health,sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2900/2921
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2020 00:50
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 07:34
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/77971
DOI: 10.1108/MHSI-11-2020-0075

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