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Conceptual analysis of loneliness in dying patients

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Brown, Robert and McKenna, Hugh P. (1999) Conceptual analysis of loneliness in dying patients. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 5 (2). pp. 90-97. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.internurse.com/cgi-bin/go.pl/library/article.cgi?uid=12664;article=IJPN_5_2_90_97;format=pdf

Abstract

This article presents a conceptual analysis of loneliness andhighlights the importance of loneliness for dying patients. It issuggested that patient and professional avoidance of, andreluctance to address, this subject may result in part because of alack of understanding of the concept. In analysing the conceptand providing a theoretical definition, this article incorporates themethods adopted by Walker and Avant (1983) and Rodgers(1989a). The defining attributes, related concepts, antecedentsand consequences of loneliness are examined and a model caseis presented. The analysis concludes that loneliness is: asubjective experience which involves the social meaning of death;based on a person’s relationship with those around him/her; andis an individualized process which is characterized by loss. It issuggested that future research should concentrate on exploringthe ‘living’ reality of dying people which in conjunction withnursing knowledge could improve the quality of life for dyingpatients.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords: Loneliness; Concept analysis; Stigmatization; Isolation; Loss; Quality of life
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
ID Code:19680
Deposited By:Barbara Wilson (Admin)
Deposited On:18 Aug 2011 12:25
Last Modified:18 Aug 2011 12:25

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