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Health Care Women Int. 2009 May;30(5):390-407. doi: 10.1080/07399330902785158.

Diagnosis: a liminal state for women living with lupus.

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College of Nursing, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131, USA. cfmendelson@salud.unm.edu

Abstract

Women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus) often experience a protracted diagnostic period in which their symptoms are treated as medically unexplained. Although they know they are ill, their symptoms have not been validated as indicative of disease by a health care professional. Consequently, the diagnostic period can be viewed as liminal, the middle stage in the rites of passage and what Turner (1969/1997) has labeled "betwixt and between." Drawing on the analysis of narratives solicited from 23 women recruited from online lupus support groups, I explore the gendered nature of diagnosis for women with lupus using van Gennep's (1960) rites of passage as a conceptual framework.

PMID:
19350436
DOI:
10.1080/07399330902785158
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