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Although online focus groups are emerging as a worthwhile methodological approach for qualitative researchers, reporting has been constrained in several ways. The majority of studies report asynchronous groups, whereas others employ synchronous exchanges, the efficacy of which with young people has seldom been explored. Considering the popularity of the(More)
Biographical disruption and related concepts have been widely applied in chronic illness. Different conceptualisations of normalisation have also been proposed in order to explain individuals' diverse responses to illness on their biography, but as yet, not clearly related to changing bodily experience or normalisation of symptoms. This article aims to(More)
PURPOSE The failure of research to capture the qualitative experiences of young people who have chronic skin conditions means that their psychosocial needs are poorly understood. Using a grounded theory approach, this study facilitated group discussions between adolescents with psoriasis in order to rapidly identify themes about their support needs. (More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to explore patients' experiences of RA daily life while on modern treatments. METHODS The methods of this study comprised semi-structured interviews with 15 RA patients, analysed using inductive thematic analysis. RESULTS Four themes suggest patients experience life with RA along a continuum from RA in the(More)
— Gliomas are malignant brain tumors that grow by invading adjacent tissue. We propose and evaluate a 3D classification-based growth model, CDM, that predicts how a glioma will grow at a voxel-level, on the basis of features specific to the patient, properties of the tumor, and attributes of that voxel. We use Supervised Learning algorithms to learn this(More)
The nominal group technique generates quantitative data through a process of experts ranking items of interest. This article focuses on the additional collection of qualitative data from nominal groups with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, used to explore the influences on prioritizing treatment outcomes. Across all groups, the top five outcomes with the(More)
This article has two purposes: to examine why mixed methods is a legitimate approach particularly well suited to health psychology; and to describe the challenges inherent in conducting mixed methods research. First, arguments justifying the status of mixed methods as a third paradigm alongside solely quantitative and qualitative frameworks are discussed.(More)
Gliomas are diffuse, invasive brain tumors. We propose a 3D classification-based diffusion model, cdm, that predicts how a glioma will grow at a voxel-level, on the basis of features specific to the patient, properties of the tumor, and attributes of that voxel. We use Supervised Learning algorithms to learn this general model, by observing the growth(More)
OBJECTIVES To explore patients' concepts of stiffness in polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR), and how they think stiffness should be measured. METHODS Eight focus groups were held at three centres involving 50 patients with current/previous PMR. Each group had at least one facilitator and one rapporteur making field notes. An interview schedule was used to(More)