“My name is Katharine and I am a PhD researcher at the Institute for Medical Humanities, Durham University, and currently recruiting participants to interview as part of my research project above.
My research focuses on complex, poorly-understood medical conditions: those conditions, like FND, that can cause severe and disabling symptoms but for which there is currently no accepted biomedical explanation. I’m based at Durham University, and my current project is funded by the Wellcome Trust. It is a Medical Humanities project which aims, in short, to explore, interrogate and illuminate the consequences of diagnostic labels such as ‘medically unexplained symptoms’. I especially want to understand how women with these conditions experience stigma and shame as a result of their illnesses (and other people’s reactions to these illnesses).”
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