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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/159615
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Living with uncertainty: A study of couples’ experiences with prostate cancer
Abstract:
Living with uncertainty: A study of couples’ experiences with prostate cancer
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2001
Author:Harden, Janet
P.I. Institution Name:University of Michigan
Contact Address:School of Nursing, 400 North Ingalls, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-0482, USA
Contact Telephone:313.577.4126
Cancer of the prostate affects not only the patient but his partner as well. This qualitative study focused on the quality of life of men and their spouse caregivers. A cognitive appraisal model of stress guided this research. Focus group discussions were used to explore the dyad's experience of living with prostate cancer. The sample included 42 participants. Themes emerged that reflected the physical and psychological impact of living with prostate cancer. Couples' experiences clustered into four major themes: enduring uncertainty, living with treatment effects, coping with change, and needing help. Findings of the study indicated several potential implications for nursing practice. First, current methods used to provide support and information are limited in effectiveness. Alternate methods of providing information need to be explored. Second, full and detailed discussion of the potential treatment effects and how to handle these symptoms is essential if the couple is to successfully manage symptoms. Third, couples felt life was an emotional roller coaster that affects all members of the family. Stress reduction programs specifically designed to teach people living with uncertainty would benefit the couple and promote emotional health. This study provided insight into the daily struggle of people living with prostate cancer.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleLiving with uncertainty: A study of couples’ experiences with prostate canceren_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/159615-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Living with uncertainty: A study of couples&rsquo; experiences with prostate cancer</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2001</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Harden, Janet</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Michigan</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">School of Nursing, 400 North Ingalls, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-0482, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">313.577.4126</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">jharden@umich.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Cancer of the prostate affects not only the patient but his partner as well. This qualitative study focused on the quality of life of men and their spouse caregivers. A cognitive appraisal model of stress guided this research. Focus group discussions were used to explore the dyad's experience of living with prostate cancer. The sample included 42 participants. Themes emerged that reflected the physical and psychological impact of living with prostate cancer. Couples' experiences clustered into four major themes: enduring uncertainty, living with treatment effects, coping with change, and needing help. Findings of the study indicated several potential implications for nursing practice. First, current methods used to provide support and information are limited in effectiveness. Alternate methods of providing information need to be explored. Second, full and detailed discussion of the potential treatment effects and how to handle these symptoms is essential if the couple is to successfully manage symptoms. Third, couples felt life was an emotional roller coaster that affects all members of the family. Stress reduction programs specifically designed to teach people living with uncertainty would benefit the couple and promote emotional health. This study provided insight into the daily struggle of people living with prostate cancer.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T22:10:38Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T22:10:38Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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