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Illuminating the Care Pathway: Analyzing Migrants’ Experiences of Tuberculosis Through Discourse Analysis

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This case outlines how I analyzed migrants’ experiences of diagnosis and treatment for tuberculosis in Sydney, Australia, drawing on post-structuralist Discourse Theory and specific qualitative methods. I outline the study setting and basis for the research, before introducing the approach to data collection, which involved semi-structured interviews, and, critically, analysis of this “text” using concepts adapted from Discourse Theory. I illustrate how participants sought initial diagnosis and navigated access to health care services, as well as how they subsequently negotiated their experiences of treatment and its side effects. I close by outlining the import of an approach informed by Discourse Theory for researchers in the areas of health and social care.

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