We are presently conducting a study evaluating the effectiveness of the various leaflets to help people cope with any emotional difficulties they may experience following a thrombosis.

The study involves completion of some measures of your emotional well-being before and after accessing and potentially using the leaflets as well as your views on the leaflets themselves.

If you would like to take part or consider taking part in the study, please go to the web address below where you can find more information about the study and take part if you choose.

Register Interest for Study

Thank you for considering taking part and take care in this difficult time.

Paul Bennett
University of Swansea

THE IMPACT OF BEING DIAGNOSED WITH AN UNPROVOKED VENOUS THROMBOEMBOLISM (VTE) ON ANXIETY

We are conducting research investigating the impact of receiving a diagnosis of a venous thromboembolism (VTE) (including Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE)) of an unprovoked origin on the development of anxiety. We are specifically interested in unprovoked diagnoses as these diagnoses can often be surprising and induce a mixture of emotions ranging from anxiety, fear, confusion and anger.

What does your participation entail?
You will participate in an interview that will take approximately 1 hour.

Participant criteria
Participants should be aged between the ages of 18 – 40 to meet the criteria for inclusion. Participants must have a VTE diagnosis and it must be from an unprovoked (has not been caused by any VTE causing risk factors e.g. smoking) origin.

Interested in participating? Have any questions? Here is how to get in contact:

To arrange a suitable time and location to participate, please contact:

Bethany Watson (MSc Student)
Department of Psychology
Swansea University
971310@swansea.ac.uk

Study supervised by:
Dr Rachael Hunter

Department of Psychology
Swansea University
r.hunter@swansea.ac.uk

This research has been approved by the Research Ethics Committee, College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University.

Understanding and managing the impac of blood clots

June 2020 - Prof Simon Noble, Prof Paul Bennett & Dr Rachael Hunt

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Clinical research has demonstrated that the psychosocial impact of venous thromboembolism (VTE) can be life-changing. Findings from clinical research have highlighted the benefit of identifying and providing early support to individuals at risk of post traumatic stress, and, where beneficial, interventions to enhance psychological well-being and recovery and reduce distress.

The following information aids have been prepared by Professor Paul Bennett and Dr Rachael Hunter, clinical psychologists at Swansea University. The aids are provided as tools for help and reassurance, however it is always important to speak to your own healthcare professional to discuss your own specific and individual concerns or questions.

Managing the psychological impact of blood clots - Coping with Panic

Professor Paul Bennet, Clinical Psychologist, Swansea University and Thrombosis UK Trustee

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Clinical research has demonstrated that the psychosocial impact of venous thromboembolism (VTE) can be life-changing. Findings from clinical research have highlighted the benefit of identifying and providing early support to individuals at risk of post traumatic stress, and, where beneficial, interventions to enhance psychological well-being and recovery and reduce distress.

The following information aids have been prepared by Professor Paul Bennett and Dr Rachael Hunter, clinical psychologists at Swansea University. The aids are provided as tools for help and reassurance, however it is always important to speak to your own healthcare professional to discuss your own specific and individual concerns or questions.

Coping with worries: Active distraction

A5 Leaflet DOWNLOAD

A5 Leaflet C-Fold PRINT

Coping with worries: meditation and mindfulness

A5 Leaflet DOWNLOAD

A5 Leaflet C-Fold PRINT

Post thrombotic panic syndrome

A5 Leaflet DOWNLOAD

A5 Leaflet C-Fold PRINT

Thrombosis UK is dedicated to providing more information to support prevention of VTE and help everyone in their recovery. We would value your time in completing a very short, anonymised survey about the five information aids provided below, to help in the development of future resources.

American Society of Haematology Guidelines

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VTE and psychological recovery

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Find a psychological therapies service (England only)

You can refer yourself directly to a psychological therapies service (IAPT) without seeing your GP.

These services offer therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), for common problems including:

  • stress
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • phobias

Anyone who is registered with a GP can access psychological therapies on the NHS.

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