The Lived Experience of Identified Caregivers of Cancer Patients at the Time of Recurrence/Progression

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/165622
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
The Lived Experience of Identified Caregivers of Cancer Patients at the Time of Recurrence/Progression
Author(s):
Creamer, Sandra
Author Details:
Sandra Creamer, Saints Memorial Medical Center, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
Abstract:
This phenomenological study was designed to describe and understand the lived experience of identified caregivers of cancer patients at recurrence/progression. Cancer patients have increasingly longer survival patterns due to a host of treatment options rising from advanced technology. Identified caregivers, usually family members, take care of the cancer patient throughout the disease trajectory, yet little is known about the experience of cancer care giving specifically at this crucial phase. This is the point when hope is diminished and the possibility of cancer being terminal, may be a reality. Phenomenology is the framework that guided the researcher. It is an inductive, descriptive, qualitative study which describes the unique subjective and objective experiences of caregivers based at a community cancer center in eastern Massachusetts. The sample includes 13 English-speaking family members or significant others age 31--76 years, seven females and six males. One-hour interviews were conducted utilizing a tape recorder and 11 open-ended probes to guide the phenomenon of care giving. Findings: The overarching theme of caring and commitment is "Being at Hand." Caregivers remain attentive to the patient and maintain balance and harmony as much as possible. They are cheerleaders amidst a losing battle. The essence of "Being at Hand" incorporates sub-categories, namely: Being and Time; the Adaptable Being; Being in Relationship; Being in Hope; and Being Beyond. To understand what it is to be a caregiver is meaningful and informative. It provides another dimension for the art of caring. Nursing will be enriched by this study, those in oncology and those nurses whose positions are central in assisting families to live with the changes, disruptions, and losses that disease may cause in their lives. This study will expand the nursing role in the care of the family caregiver by bringing nurses to another level of awareness. It will add to nursing's knowledge base and give credence to the establishment of new assessments and interventions designed specifically for caregivers.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2002
Conference Name:
27th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
Washington, D.C., 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.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Lived Experience of Identified Caregivers of Cancer Patients at the Time of Recurrence/Progressionen_GB
dc.contributor.authorCreamer, Sandraen_US
dc.author.detailsSandra Creamer, Saints Memorial Medical Center, Lowell, Massachusetts, USAen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/165622-
dc.description.abstractThis phenomenological study was designed to describe and understand the lived experience of identified caregivers of cancer patients at recurrence/progression. Cancer patients have increasingly longer survival patterns due to a host of treatment options rising from advanced technology. Identified caregivers, usually family members, take care of the cancer patient throughout the disease trajectory, yet little is known about the experience of cancer care giving specifically at this crucial phase. This is the point when hope is diminished and the possibility of cancer being terminal, may be a reality. Phenomenology is the framework that guided the researcher. It is an inductive, descriptive, qualitative study which describes the unique subjective and objective experiences of caregivers based at a community cancer center in eastern Massachusetts. The sample includes 13 English-speaking family members or significant others age 31--76 years, seven females and six males. One-hour interviews were conducted utilizing a tape recorder and 11 open-ended probes to guide the phenomenon of care giving. Findings: The overarching theme of caring and commitment is "Being at Hand." Caregivers remain attentive to the patient and maintain balance and harmony as much as possible. They are cheerleaders amidst a losing battle. The essence of "Being at Hand" incorporates sub-categories, namely: Being and Time; the Adaptable Being; Being in Relationship; Being in Hope; and Being Beyond. To understand what it is to be a caregiver is meaningful and informative. It provides another dimension for the art of caring. Nursing will be enriched by this study, those in oncology and those nurses whose positions are central in assisting families to live with the changes, disruptions, and losses that disease may cause in their lives. This study will expand the nursing role in the care of the family caregiver by bringing nurses to another level of awareness. It will add to nursing's knowledge base and give credence to the establishment of new assessments and interventions designed specifically for caregivers.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:22:00Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:22:00Z-
dc.conference.date2002en_US
dc.conference.name27th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationWashington, D.C., 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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