The hidden suffering among breast cancer patients: A qualitative metasynthesis

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Original article
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Maria Arman, Arne Rehnsfeldt
Title: The hidden suffering among breast cancer patients: A qualitative metasynthesis
Journal: QUALITATIVE HEALTH RESEARCH
Year: 2003
Pagination: 510-527
ISSN: 1049-7323
Publisher: SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC
City: THOUSAND OAKS
URI/DOI: 10.1177/1049732302250721
ISI number: 000181900500005
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Health Science (Sektionen för hälsa)
School of Health Science S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
http://www.bth.se/hal/
Language: English
Abstract: The aim of this study was to review literature on how the lived experience of breast cancer and suffering was described in nursing/caring literature between 1990 and 2000, and to interpret and discuss the result from the perspective of suffering. The frequent reports of changing courses, called by various names, such as transition, transformation, transcendence, and finding meaning, werefound as paths whereby the person regained integrity, balance, and wholeness. When findings were interpreted from the perspective of suffering and an ontological health model, actions, values, and existential concerns were understood as both expedients for alleviating suffering and a sign of the patient's inner struggle.
Subject: Public Health\General
Keywords: breast cancer, suffering, lived experience, review
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