Searching for Meaning: Men's Construction of Their Illness Experience Following Laparoscopic Prostatectomy

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/148776
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Title:
Searching for Meaning: Men's Construction of Their Illness Experience Following Laparoscopic Prostatectomy
Abstract:
Searching for Meaning: Men's Construction of Their Illness Experience Following Laparoscopic Prostatectomy
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2007
Author:Powel, Lorrie, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:University of Central Florida
Title:Associate Professor
Co-Authors:Mary G. Harper, MSN
[Scientific session research presentation] Purpose: This study explored the experience of men following laparoscopic prostatectomy as treatment for early prostate cancer. Conceptual Basis: Self-regulation theory posits that individuals construct cognitive representations of their illness experience called schemata that allow them to make sense of their illness. These schemata form the framework from which illness-related assessments, plans, actions and evaluations are made. As such they play a part in an individual's search for meaning. Methodology: A semi-structured, open-ended interview protocol was used to conduct telephone interviews with five rural men between the ages of 50 and 69 who had undergone laparoscopic prostatectomy at least 12 months previously. Transcribed data were translated into Ethnograph 5.0TM to assist with coding and sorting. Codes were reviewed and revised by the principal investigator and a group of ten doctoral students. Constant comparison of data was conducted using methods informed by grounded theory. Initial codes were synthesized into categories that represented the phases of men?s experiences. Findings: Five distinct phases representative of the way these men constructed their illness experience emerged: discovering, deciding, treating, emerging, and reintegrating. Each phase was influenced by the individua's personal identity and social support. Conclusions: Data from this study will provide an opportunity to gain broader insight into the way in which men characterize the symptoms they experience after laparoscopic prostatectomy and how that informs their emotional adjustment. Further research on the lived experience of men with prostate cancer is needed to determine if men who opt for treatment options other than laparoscopic prostatectomy have a similar experience. Implications for Nursing:  Nurses are well positioned to provide care that is sensitive to the illness experience of men undergoing laparoscopic prostatectomy as treatment for prostate cancer.  Nurses should carefully examine the emotional journey that men go through in their efforts to make meaning of illness.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleSearching for Meaning: Men's Construction of Their Illness Experience Following Laparoscopic Prostatectomyen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/148776-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Searching for Meaning: Men's Construction of Their Illness Experience Following Laparoscopic Prostatectomy</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2007</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Powel, Lorrie, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Central Florida</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">lpowel@mail.ucf.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Mary G. Harper, MSN</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Scientific session research presentation] Purpose: This study explored the experience of men following laparoscopic prostatectomy as treatment for early prostate cancer. Conceptual Basis: Self-regulation theory posits that individuals construct cognitive representations of their illness experience called schemata that allow them to make sense of their illness. These schemata form the framework from which illness-related assessments, plans, actions and evaluations are made. As such they play a part in an individual's search for meaning. Methodology: A semi-structured, open-ended interview protocol was used to conduct telephone interviews with five rural men between the ages of 50 and 69 who had undergone laparoscopic prostatectomy at least 12 months previously.&nbsp;Transcribed data were translated into Ethnograph 5.0TM to assist with coding and sorting. Codes were reviewed and revised by the principal investigator and a group of ten doctoral students. Constant comparison of data was conducted using methods informed by grounded theory. Initial codes were synthesized into categories that represented the phases of men?s experiences. Findings: Five distinct phases representative of the way these men constructed their illness experience emerged: discovering, deciding, treating, emerging, and reintegrating. Each phase was influenced by the individua's personal identity and social support. Conclusions: Data from this study will provide an opportunity to gain broader insight into the way in which men characterize the symptoms they experience after laparoscopic prostatectomy and how that informs their emotional adjustment. Further research on the lived experience of men with prostate cancer is needed to determine if men who opt for treatment options other than laparoscopic prostatectomy have a similar experience. Implications for Nursing: &nbsp;Nurses are well positioned to provide care that is sensitive to the illness experience of men undergoing laparoscopic prostatectomy as treatment for prostate cancer.&nbsp; Nurses should carefully examine the emotional journey that men go through in their efforts to make meaning of illness.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T09:50:28Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T09:50:28Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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