Format

Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Int J Palliat Nurs. 2010 Jun;16(6):298-305.

The meaning of hope from the perspective of Chinese advanced cancer patients in Hong Kong.

Author information

1
School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Abstract

AIM:

This article reports a study to examine the meaning of hope from the perspective of Chinese advanced cancer patients in Hong Kong.

METHODS:

Semi-structured interviews were conducted with a convenience sample of advanced cancer patients recruited from the palliative care unit of a local hospital. Data were saturated after 17 participants were interviewed. Qualitative content analysis was adopted to analyse the data.

FINDINGS:

Hope as experienced by the participants was found to consist of five components: living a normal life, social support, actively letting go of control, reconciliation between life and death, and wellbeing of significant others.

CONCLUSIONS:

While hope is related to the wellbeing of patients with advanced cancer, successful palliative care partly depends on an awareness of the importance of hope in the end-of-life context and cultural sensitivity to the meanings behind it from the patients' own perspective.

PMID:
20925293
DOI:
10.12968/ijpn.2010.16.6.48836
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Atypon
    Loading ...
    Support Center