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The coping process of patients with cancer

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Abstract


  • Purpose

    The aim of this study was to investigate the implications of the alterations to lifestyle of cancer patients, from the onset of abnormal symptoms, followed by diagnosis and treatment, and then subsequent acceptance of the condition. Seven cancer patients from medical centers in Taiwan participated in the study.

    Method

    Exploratory, qualitative study based on grounded theory methods. Each participated in a semi-structured interview with open-ended questions. All interviews were audio recorded and transcribed. Qualitative content analysis was used for the data.

    Results

    Three themes emerged from the data analysis to exhibit the critical coping processes of the cancer patients. These included negative feelings, self-adjustment and self-reinterpretation.

    Conclusion

    According to the results this study concluded that the coping processes used by some cancer sufferers enables them to draw upon various strengths and strategies to develop particular attitudes and skills to assist them to live with cancer. Overall, the findings tend to support the developmental interpretation, although the contextual interpretation also applies.

Authors


Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Chen, P. & Chang, H. (2012). The coping process of patients with cancer. European Journal of Oncology Nursing (EJON), 16 (1), 10-16.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84455182874

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4727&context=smhpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/3704

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 6

Start Page


  • 10

End Page


  • 16

Volume


  • 16

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Purpose

    The aim of this study was to investigate the implications of the alterations to lifestyle of cancer patients, from the onset of abnormal symptoms, followed by diagnosis and treatment, and then subsequent acceptance of the condition. Seven cancer patients from medical centers in Taiwan participated in the study.

    Method

    Exploratory, qualitative study based on grounded theory methods. Each participated in a semi-structured interview with open-ended questions. All interviews were audio recorded and transcribed. Qualitative content analysis was used for the data.

    Results

    Three themes emerged from the data analysis to exhibit the critical coping processes of the cancer patients. These included negative feelings, self-adjustment and self-reinterpretation.

    Conclusion

    According to the results this study concluded that the coping processes used by some cancer sufferers enables them to draw upon various strengths and strategies to develop particular attitudes and skills to assist them to live with cancer. Overall, the findings tend to support the developmental interpretation, although the contextual interpretation also applies.

Authors


Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Chen, P. & Chang, H. (2012). The coping process of patients with cancer. European Journal of Oncology Nursing (EJON), 16 (1), 10-16.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84455182874

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4727&context=smhpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/3704

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 6

Start Page


  • 10

End Page


  • 16

Volume


  • 16

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom