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Coping with terminal illness: The experience of attending specialist palliative day care

Bradley, Sarah Elizabeth; Frizelle, Dorothy; Johnson, Miriam

Authors

Sarah Elizabeth Bradley

Dorothy Frizelle



Abstract

Background: The provision of supportive and palliative care for people with life-shortening illness has been emphasized throughout Department of Health and National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) cancer guidance. However, the question of whether services are achieving this aim has been sparsely researched to date particularly in relation to Specialist Palliative Day Care (SPDC) services. The current study aims to explore the experiences of patients attending SPDC with regard to coping with a terminal illness. Design and method: The views of 11 patients attending SPDC were explored using semistructured interviews. An exploratory methodology (Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis [IPA]) was used to analyze the data to allow for an in-depth investigation. Results: Emerging themes suggest that SPDC provides an environment in which patients are helped to cope with stressors through a sense of self, belonging, acceptance of the reality of death, and a focus on life. Conclusions: This work provides a piece of the puzzle in the exploration of the processes underpinning attendance at SPDC from a patient's perspective. It suggests that SPDC provides an environment in which patients receive help in coping with terminal illness. In such an under researched area it provides an insight regarding SPDC attendance which can be built upon or challenged by future research. © Copyright 2010, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. 2010.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 14, 2010
Journal JOURNAL OF PALLIATIVE MEDICINE
Print ISSN 1096-6218
Electronic ISSN 1557-7740
Publisher Mary Ann Liebert
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 10
Pages 1211-1218
APA6 Citation Bradley, S. E., Frizelle, D., & Johnson, M. (2010). Coping with terminal illness: The experience of attending specialist palliative day care. Journal of palliative medicine, 13(10), 1211-1218. doi:10.1089/jpm.2010.0131
DOI https://doi.org/10.1089/jpm.2010.0131
Keywords Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine; General Nursing; General Medicine
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