Managing an altered social context-Patients experiences of staying away from home while undergoing proton beam therapy

Marie-Louise Möllerberg, Ulrica Langegård, Emma Ohlsson-Nevo, Per Fransson, Birgitta Johansson, Karin Ahlberg, Katarina Sjövall

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Aim: To illuminate the experience of an altered social context for patients with primary brain tumours living away from home while undergoing proton beam therapy.

Design: A descriptive, qualitative cross-sectional interview study.

Methods: Nineteen patients were interviewed between December 2015-August 2016, either during (N = 7) or before and after (N = 12) their proton beam therapy. A hermeneutical analysis was performed.

Results: Participants made adjustments to achieve control and well-being during the treatment period. The analysis also revealed two interrelated patterns that helped participants adjust: being part of the family from a distance and seeking affinity.

Conclusion: It is important that patients receiving treatment far from home find a way to remain a part of their family and find affinity in the altered social context. Health professionals can prepare patients for the treatment period and can implement interventions to promote well-being for both patients and their relatives.

OriginalspråkEngelska
Sidor (från-till)1157-1163
Antal sidor6
TidskriftNursing Open
Volym7
Utgåva4
DOI
StatusPublicerad - 2020
Externt publiceradJa

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  • Omvårdnad (30305)
  • Cancer och onkologi (30203)

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