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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/165139
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
THE EXPERIENCE OF LIVING WITH A SPOUSE WITH PROSTATE CANCER
Author(s):
Laccetti, Margaret
Author Details:
Margaret Laccetti, PhD, RN, AOCN, Assistant Professor, Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA, email: laccetti@bc.edu
Abstract:
Topic: Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in American men, with 232,090 new cases to be diagnosed in 2005. Although much research has addressed patient and couple/dyad issues, including a variety of psychosocial interventions aimed at promoting quality of life, coping, social support, and self esteem, and managing symptoms, little has been done identifying problems and interventions for the partners of these patients. Purpose: The purpose of this pilot study is to explore the experiences of women living with a spouse with prostate cancer, identifying themes and common experiences delineating concerns or problems amenable to intervention. The planned trajectory of this research is to use qualitative methods to determine, define and explore these experiences, to develop tools to more efficiently examine them in larger samples, enabling identification of common problems potentially responsive to intervention, with a final research goal of developing and testing intervention techniques. Framework: This study, based in Heideggarian phenomenology, will utilize the pure description of the participants, the structure and content of encounters, to identify unifying themes and experiences that may indicate potentials for nursing intervention. Methods: Eight participants, all spouses of men with prostate cancer, will be identified through advertising or solicitation in the community or at support group meetings. Data collection should conclude in March '06. Two participants will be randomly assigned to each of four data collection categories: expressive writing, directed expression, structured interview and non-structured interview. Participants in the expressive writing and directed expression groups will use Pennebaker's disclosure model of writing or speaking. All interviews will be conducted by the principal investigator. All data will be transcribed to computer text for review by the principal investigator to identify common thematic experiences and problems. Findings: Findings initially support common and specific themes, including issues with inconsistent information, decision making, "it's not my body", and the ambivalence of a living with a cancer diagnosis. This information indicates opportunities for nursing interventions such as providing information, counseling, coaching and anxiety reduction.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2006
Conference Name:
31st Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleTHE EXPERIENCE OF LIVING WITH A SPOUSE WITH PROSTATE CANCERen_GB
dc.contributor.authorLaccetti, Margareten_US
dc.author.detailsMargaret Laccetti, PhD, RN, AOCN, Assistant Professor, Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA, email: laccetti@bc.eduen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/165139-
dc.description.abstractTopic: Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in American men, with 232,090 new cases to be diagnosed in 2005. Although much research has addressed patient and couple/dyad issues, including a variety of psychosocial interventions aimed at promoting quality of life, coping, social support, and self esteem, and managing symptoms, little has been done identifying problems and interventions for the partners of these patients. Purpose: The purpose of this pilot study is to explore the experiences of women living with a spouse with prostate cancer, identifying themes and common experiences delineating concerns or problems amenable to intervention. The planned trajectory of this research is to use qualitative methods to determine, define and explore these experiences, to develop tools to more efficiently examine them in larger samples, enabling identification of common problems potentially responsive to intervention, with a final research goal of developing and testing intervention techniques. Framework: This study, based in Heideggarian phenomenology, will utilize the pure description of the participants, the structure and content of encounters, to identify unifying themes and experiences that may indicate potentials for nursing intervention. Methods: Eight participants, all spouses of men with prostate cancer, will be identified through advertising or solicitation in the community or at support group meetings. Data collection should conclude in March '06. Two participants will be randomly assigned to each of four data collection categories: expressive writing, directed expression, structured interview and non-structured interview. Participants in the expressive writing and directed expression groups will use Pennebaker's disclosure model of writing or speaking. All interviews will be conducted by the principal investigator. All data will be transcribed to computer text for review by the principal investigator to identify common thematic experiences and problems. Findings: Findings initially support common and specific themes, including issues with inconsistent information, decision making, "it's not my body", and the ambivalence of a living with a cancer diagnosis. This information indicates opportunities for nursing interventions such as providing information, counseling, coaching and anxiety reduction.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:13:13Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:13:13Z-
dc.conference.date2006en_US
dc.conference.name31st Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationBoston, Massachusetts, USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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