Experiences of people living with Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
1st Supervisor: Dr Sasha Scambler
2nd Supervisor: Dr Blanaid Daly
Description of project
It has been suggested that TMJ disorders may account for as much as thirty billion dollars a year of lost productivity in the US, and yet we know little about the social implications of this group of conditions. TMJ disorders cause significant pain in the joint and surrounding tissues l which can be experienced as either constant or intermittent pain. For people living with TMJ disorders the impact of the condition can affect multiple areas of daily life and last over an extended period of time. This is consistent with the definition of a chronic or long-term condition. There is a substantial body of research within sociology exploring people’s experiences of living on a day to day basis with a wide variety of chronic illnesses. This body of work has resulted in the development of a number of themes which are common to the experiences of people living with common and less common chronic illnesses and include uncertainty, biographical disruption and the impact on the wider family.
To undertake qualitative interviews to develop an understanding of the impact of TMJ on the daily lives of people living with atypical facial pain.
Duration of project: 3 years
Contact for further information:
Dr Sasha Scambler
Research Topic: Social and Behavioural Science
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