The Experience of Loneliness Among Persons With Life-Limiting Illness: Methodological Challenges, Results and Implications for Practice

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The Experience of Loneliness Among Persons With Life-Limiting Illness: Methodological Challenges, Results and Implications for Practice
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The Experience of Loneliness Among Persons With Life-Limiting Illness: Methodological Challenges, Results and Implications for Practice
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2004
Conference Date:July 22-24, 2004
Author:Brown, Robert James, RGN, BSc, PG, Dip
P.I. Institution Name:University of Ulster
Title:Mr
Objective: The purpose of this study has been to gain an understanding of the experience of loneliness among dying people; Design: This paper will provide delegates with a critical overview of the methodological process of a doctoral study on the experience of loneliness among persons in their final year of life. The challenge for the researcher focuses on the construction of interpretations that will help to give meaning to the subjective and individual experience of dying people. This form of loneliness is an 'existential' phenomenon, highlighting the nature of existence and their particular meaning for each individual. Justification for the choice of philosophical hermeneutics (Gadamer, 1975) as a theoretical framework and the application of van Manen’s (1997) approach to human science research will be given; Population, Sample, Setting, Years: Following ethical approval, data has been collected during 2003 through the use of in-depth and repeated phenomenological conversations with 16 participants (8 males, 8 females, ranging in age from 43-80 years) in a range of hospital, hospice and home settings; Concept studied: The concept of loneliness has been studied; Methods: Phenomenological methods of data collection and analysis have been undertaken guided by van Manens approach (1997). The importance of careful consideration of access, gate keeping, managing sensitive interview situations, researcher vulnerability and follow-up support will be discussed; Findings: The study provides indication that loneliness is a common experience among people with life-limiting illness and is characterised by a range of losses, e.g. loss of lifestyle, loss of responsibility, loss of health and loss of self. Conclusions: In concluding, the place of phenomenological inquiry within palliative care research and practice development activity will be supported. Implications: The study has implications for the way we communicate with dying persons, and will call for future quantitative and qualitative research on this topic.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
22-Jul-2004
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.titleThe Experience of Loneliness Among Persons With Life-Limiting Illness: Methodological Challenges, Results and Implications for Practiceen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/151635-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">The Experience of Loneliness Among Persons With Life-Limiting Illness: Methodological Challenges, Results and Implications for Practice</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">2004</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">July 22-24, 2004</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Brown, Robert James, RGN, BSc, PG, Dip</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Ulster</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Mr</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">rj.brown@ulster.ac.uk</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Objective: The purpose of this study has been to gain an understanding of the experience of loneliness among dying people; Design: This paper will provide delegates with a critical overview of the methodological process of a doctoral study on the experience of loneliness among persons in their final year of life. The challenge for the researcher focuses on the construction of interpretations that will help to give meaning to the subjective and individual experience of dying people. This form of loneliness is an 'existential' phenomenon, highlighting the nature of existence and their particular meaning for each individual. Justification for the choice of philosophical hermeneutics (Gadamer, 1975) as a theoretical framework and the application of van Manen&rsquo;s (1997) approach to human science research will be given; Population, Sample, Setting, Years: Following ethical approval, data has been collected during 2003 through the use of in-depth and repeated phenomenological conversations with 16 participants (8 males, 8 females, ranging in age from 43-80 years) in a range of hospital, hospice and home settings; Concept studied: The concept of loneliness has been studied; Methods: Phenomenological methods of data collection and analysis have been undertaken guided by van Manens approach (1997). The importance of careful consideration of access, gate keeping, managing sensitive interview situations, researcher vulnerability and follow-up support will be discussed; Findings: The study provides indication that loneliness is a common experience among people with life-limiting illness and is characterised by a range of losses, e.g. loss of lifestyle, loss of responsibility, loss of health and loss of self. Conclusions: In concluding, the place of phenomenological inquiry within palliative care research and practice development activity will be supported. Implications: The study has implications for the way we communicate with dying persons, and will call for future quantitative and qualitative research on this topic.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T11:08:40Z-
dc.date.issued2004-07-22en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T11:08:40Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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