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A family's beliefs about cancer, dying, and death in the end of life.
Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of palliative care research.
Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of Health Care Sciences. Ersta Sköndal University College, Enheten för forskning i palliativ vård.
2007 (English)In: Journal of Family Nursing, ISSN 1074-8407, E-ISSN 1552-549X, Vol. 13, no 2, 226-52 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The purpose of this case study was to describe the beliefs over time of a Swedish family and individual family members about cancer and death and how these beliefs affected their daily lives. Data were collected over 10 months using interviews, conversations, and diary notations. The beliefs were aggregated into eight main beliefs and four themes: Cancer is a deadly threat/death is a liberator, death can be held at bay/death can be lived near, dying is done alone/dying should not be done alone, and life has an end/life is endless. These beliefs appear to oscillate between seemingly contrasting poles. Some beliefs were shared by all family members, whereas others were described by only one or more members of the family. The complexity of daily life in families experiencing life-shortening illness underscores the need of individualized nursing care with openness to difference and collaboration as guiding principles.

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2007. Vol. 13, no 2, 226-52 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-445DOI: 10.1177/1074840707300849PubMedID: 17452604OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-445DiVA: diva2:328361
Available from: 2010-07-02 Created: 2010-07-02 Last updated: 2015-11-04Bibliographically approved

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