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The Recovery Process When Participating in Cancer Support and Rehabilitation Programs in Sweden.
Göteborgs universitet, Mittuniversitetet.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9623-5813
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2015 (English)In: Global qualitative nursing research, ISSN 2333-3936, Vol. 2, article id 2333393615595965Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim was to illuminate the meaning of participating in support and rehabilitation programs described by people diagnosed with cancer. Nineteen persons were interviewed in focus groups and face-to-face. Data were analyzed with a qualitative phenomenological hermeneutical method for researching lived experiences. Interpretation proceeded through three phases: naïve reading, structural analysis, and comprehensive understanding. Three themes were disclosed: receiving support for recovery when being most vulnerable, recapturing capabilities through supportive activities, and searching to find stability and well-being in a changed life situation. Participating in the programs was an existential transition from living in an unpredictable situation that was turned into something meaningful. Recovery did not mean the return to a state of normality; rather, it meant a continuing recovery from cancer treatments and symptoms involving recapturing capabilities and searching for a balance in a forever changed life. This study provides new insights about the experiences of participating in cancer support and rehabilitation programs.

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2015. Vol. 2, article id 2333393615595965
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cancer, lived experience, rehabilitation, research qualitative, resilience, suffering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-7426DOI: 10.1177/2333393615595965PubMedID: 28462312OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-7426DiVA, id: diva2:1305416
Available from: 2019-04-16 Created: 2019-04-16 Last updated: 2019-04-17Bibliographically approved

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