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, Mattless, Kevin and Notley, Caitlin (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: 30 Sep 2021 15:58
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/77971
DOI: 10.1108/MHSI-11-2020-0075

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