Understanding the Experiences of Youth Living With Sickle Cell Disease: A Photovoice Pilot

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Abstract

A Photovoice pilot was conducted with youth living with sickle cell disease (SCD), in order to further understand their lived experience and examine the acceptability, feasibility, and utility of this method in this population. SCD is an inherited genetic condition whose primary symptom is severe pain. Youth were able to reflect on their experiences with SCD using Photovoice and the adapted SHOWeD method. Parents and youth found Photovoice to be valuable for children and adolescents with SCD. Emerging themes included the impact of SCD, the importance of everyday activities and interests, and the importance of family and support.

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