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Significant others' lived experiences following a lung cancer trajectory: From diagnosis through and after the death of a family member
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
2012 (English)In: European Journal of Oncology Nursing, ISSN 1462-3889, E-ISSN 1532-2122, Vol. 16, no 1, 34-41 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to illuminate the meanings of significant others' lived experiences of their situation from diagnosis through and after the death of a family member as a consequence of inoperable lung cancer.

METHODS: The data was collected through narrative interviews from eleven significant others and interpreted using a phenomenological hermeneutic approach. KEYRESULTS: Four themes emerged: being unbalanced, being transitional, being cared for, and moving forward.

CONCLUSION: The significant others' experiences can be viewed as a transition process, beginning with a sense of dislocation in life and continuing through struggling, enduring and conquering the consequences of the altered life situation until finally approaching a point characterized by a sense of stability. Different strategies of adjustment and adaptation to the new living conditions are considered. Furthermore, the results indicate the need to develop a framework for family-centered health care in order to enhance the wellbeing for the significant others both in the anticipatory grief phase and during the bereavement phase.

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2012. Vol. 16, no 1, 34-41 p.
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Anticipatory grief, bereavement, family-centered care, lung neoplasm, palliative care, phenomenological hermeneutic, significant others, survivors, transition
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-51172DOI: 10.1016/j.ejon.2011.02.004ISI: 000299493700005PubMedID: 21429795OAI: diva2:476363
Available from: 2012-01-12 Created: 2012-01-12 Last updated: 2012-02-21Bibliographically approved

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