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Area of interest: An investigation into the attitudes of professionals working with people living with Hepatitis C (HCV)
The aim of my research is to explore the attitudes (their constructions and consequences) of a range of 'frontline' professionals (i.e. GP's, Drug Workers, Specialist Nursing staff, Social Workers, Key Workers, CARAT workers and other workers as recommended by the service users/professionals in the study) towards those living with HCV. I am endeavouring to conduct participatory (even emancipatory) research as far as possible, involving service users at every stage of the research development and delivery, so that the research remains relevant and faithful to those it concerns and who have made it possible . It is planned that the research should have two complimentary and interwoven elements; firstly, drawing upon service user experiences of professional contact and secondly using those experiences to formulate lines of inquiry for professional interviewees.
Preliminary areas of interest include: 'Attitudes towards continuing/discontinuing injecting drug use following an HCV diagnosis.' 'Are HCV services accessible to those who need them?' 'Are professionals 'knowledgeable' concerning HCV?' 'Are there variations in knowledge/ attitude according to professional discipline?' 'Is HCV considered impairment?' 'Is an HCV diagnosis disabling?'
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