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Asia Pac J Oncol Nurs. 2019 Apr-Jun;6(2):145-150. doi: 10.4103/apjon.apjon_77_18.

Spiritual Experiences of Women with Breast Cancer in Singapore: a Qualitative Study.

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Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Singapore.

Abstract

Objective:

Although there has been increasing emphasis on the importance of spirituality in patients with cancer, few studies have examined the spiritual experiences of an ethnically diverse sample of Asian women with breast cancer. The objective of this study was to examine the spiritual experiences of Singaporean women with breast cancer in the first year of diagnosis.

Methods:

A qualitative exploratory study design was used and data were gathered using individual semi-structured interviews. Purposive sampling selected the participants and data saturation sample size was reached after interviews with 28 participants. Data were analyzed using Braun and Clarke's thematic approach.

Results:

The participants were aged between 28 and 64 years and included women from the three major ethnic groups. The three themes that emerged from the data included transcendental experiences, meaning and purpose, and changing perspectives.

Conclusions:

This study informs that while spiritual needs are common, Singaporean women in their first year of the breast cancer diagnosis express spirituality in culturally specific ways. The clinical implications of the study emphasize the importance of addressing women's spiritual concerns, with attention to cultural differences so as to render holistic patient-centered care.

KEYWORDS:

Breast cancer; Singapore; spiritual experience

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