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Exploring the patient's experience of a day hospital chemotherapy service: preliminary fieldwork

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McIlfatrick, Sonja, Sullivan, Kate and McKenna, Hugh (2003) Exploring the patient's experience of a day hospital chemotherapy service: preliminary fieldwork. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 7 (3). pp. 197-199. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1462388903000310

DOI: 10.1016/S1462-3889(03)00031-0


This paper describes some preliminary findings from a Heideggerian hermeneutic phenomenological study exploring patients’ experiences of a day hospital chemotherapy service. Phenomenology has been described as both a philosophical perspective and a research method. Following a review of the literature, it was apparent that there is a paucity of qualitative studies regarding the experience of chemotherapy treatment. The aim of the study was to explore patients’ experiences of receiving treatment within a day hospital setting and to compare this with previously having received treatment as an inpatient. Purposeful sampling and face-to-face interviews were conducted. Preliminary data analysis from the pilot study has identified themes for patients relating to the need to maintain hope associated with treatment; feelings of adjustment; incorporating treatment as ‘part of life’; need for closure following treatment; thoughts of comradeship and sharing the experience.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:chemotherapy treatment; day hospital; phenomenology; patients’ experience
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Managing Chronic Illness
ID Code:19666
Deposited By:Barbara Wilson (Admin)
Deposited On:18 Aug 2011 12:14
Last Modified:18 Aug 2011 12:14

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