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The impact of multiple chemical sensitivity on people's social and occupational functioning; a systematic review of qualitative research studies

Driesen, Laura, Patton, Bob and John, Mary (2020) The impact of multiple chemical sensitivity on people's social and occupational functioning; a systematic review of qualitative research studies Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 132, 109964.

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Objective Social and occupational functioning are important for psychological health. However, quantitative research has suggested that these areas can be adversely affected by multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). This systematic review therefore sought to explore what qualitative research has suggested about how people with MCS perceive it to affect their social and occupational functioning. Method Journal articles were included if they were 1) peer reviewed 2) qualitative or mixed methods 3) published in English 4) reported qualitative findings relevant to the review. Studies were excluded if they were 1) descriptive only 2) primarily concerned with environmental intolerances other than chemicals or 3) focussed on specific populations such as veterans. Quality was assessed using the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE, 2018) qualitative quality criteria. However, quality was not used to determine eligibility for inclusion. Six databases (CINAHL, Medline, PsychArticles, PsychInfo, Scopus and Web of Science) were searched between the 24th of February 2019 and 2nd of March 2019. Results Having removed duplicates, database searches identified 388 potential articles. Thirteen of these articles were eligible for inclusion. Following review, no more articles were included from the reference lists of these studies. Meta-aggregation of the findings identified seven categories. These were synthesised into three themes; ‘limited access’, ‘loss & anxiety’ and ‘seeking engagement’. Conclusions The findings suggested that MCS limits some people's social and occupational functioning. The results warrant further research, and, the development of prevention and intervention strategies. Studies predominantly recruited United States and Canadian females and had several limitations.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Date : 13 February 2020
Funders : Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
DOI : 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2020.109964
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2020 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Multiple chemical sensitivity; Chemical intolerance; Quality of life; Social; Work; Mental health
Depositing User : James Marshall
Date Deposited : 10 Mar 2020 11:11
Last Modified : 10 Mar 2020 13:05

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