"God Healed Me:" Religious Responses During the Cancer Trajectory of Breast Cancer Survivors in Central Appalachia

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/165695
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
"God Healed Me:" Religious Responses During the Cancer Trajectory of Breast Cancer Survivors in Central Appalachia
Author(s):
Simpson, M.
Author Details:
M. Simpson, Pikeville College, Pikeville, Kentucky, USA
Abstract:
Significance: Religion as a variable has demonstrated an overall positive association with health. Descriptive studies of women during the cancer trajectory (diagnosis, treatment, post-treatment) report religion as a resource for coping, meaning, and social support. Why, when, and how there occur religious responses to cancer events is not known, particularly among diverse populations. Problem/Purpose: The purpose of this study was to describe religious responses to events in the cancer trajectory of breast cancer survivors in central Appalachia. The specific aims were to describe patterns of religiousness among breast cancer survivors’ responses to cancer events and to explore religious influences on health. Interpretive Framework: An ethnographic research design with interpretive and postmodern perspectives guided the study. Methods: The sample included 12 female breast cancer survivors who resided in Kentucky and West Virginia, had completed treatment, were no more than six years post-diagnosis, and had no cancer recurrence. Sample recruitment occurred in religious and non-religious settings. Data collection included semi-structured, face-to-face interviews and participant observation activities. Interviews were audio taped and transcribed verbatim. Field notes provided thick description of data. Data analysis: Data management and analysis were assisted via a NUD*IST qualitative software program. “Within” sample analysis included key storylines, first-level coding, and exemplar case studies. “Across” sample analysis included expansion of first-level coding and identification of categories and patterns of religiousness in each phase of the breast cancer trajectory. Findings and Implications: Findings revealed the following Patterns of Religiousness in each cancer trajectory phase: (a) Awareness Phase: religious meaning of the breast problem and prayer to prepare for diagnosis; (b) Diagnosis Phase: a religious struggle for meaning and religious practices for healing; (c) Treatment Phase: prayer for guidance, the use of organized religious practices in the hospital, and adjunct religious practices for symptom management; and (d) Post-treatment Phase: religious testimony, a perspective of “It all Works Together for Healing,” religious meaning of the cancer trajectory, and spiritual growth. The findings provided preliminary evidence that: (a) religious responses were a resource in dealing with events across the breast cancer trajectory; (b) variation existed in religious responses; and (c) there existed positive and negative religious influences on health. Implications for nursing practice and research included suggestions for culturally-based religious/spiritual nursing interventions and continued study on the health benefits of religious responses to cancer events.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2001
Conference Name:
26th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
San Diego, California, 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.title"God Healed Me:" Religious Responses During the Cancer Trajectory of Breast Cancer Survivors in Central Appalachiaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorSimpson, M.en_US
dc.author.detailsM. Simpson, Pikeville College, Pikeville, Kentucky, USAen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/165695-
dc.description.abstractSignificance: Religion as a variable has demonstrated an overall positive association with health. Descriptive studies of women during the cancer trajectory (diagnosis, treatment, post-treatment) report religion as a resource for coping, meaning, and social support. Why, when, and how there occur religious responses to cancer events is not known, particularly among diverse populations. Problem/Purpose: The purpose of this study was to describe religious responses to events in the cancer trajectory of breast cancer survivors in central Appalachia. The specific aims were to describe patterns of religiousness among breast cancer survivors’ responses to cancer events and to explore religious influences on health. Interpretive Framework: An ethnographic research design with interpretive and postmodern perspectives guided the study. Methods: The sample included 12 female breast cancer survivors who resided in Kentucky and West Virginia, had completed treatment, were no more than six years post-diagnosis, and had no cancer recurrence. Sample recruitment occurred in religious and non-religious settings. Data collection included semi-structured, face-to-face interviews and participant observation activities. Interviews were audio taped and transcribed verbatim. Field notes provided thick description of data. Data analysis: Data management and analysis were assisted via a NUD*IST qualitative software program. “Within” sample analysis included key storylines, first-level coding, and exemplar case studies. “Across” sample analysis included expansion of first-level coding and identification of categories and patterns of religiousness in each phase of the breast cancer trajectory. Findings and Implications: Findings revealed the following Patterns of Religiousness in each cancer trajectory phase: (a) Awareness Phase: religious meaning of the breast problem and prayer to prepare for diagnosis; (b) Diagnosis Phase: a religious struggle for meaning and religious practices for healing; (c) Treatment Phase: prayer for guidance, the use of organized religious practices in the hospital, and adjunct religious practices for symptom management; and (d) Post-treatment Phase: religious testimony, a perspective of “It all Works Together for Healing,” religious meaning of the cancer trajectory, and spiritual growth. The findings provided preliminary evidence that: (a) religious responses were a resource in dealing with events across the breast cancer trajectory; (b) variation existed in religious responses; and (c) there existed positive and negative religious influences on health. Implications for nursing practice and research included suggestions for culturally-based religious/spiritual nursing interventions and continued study on the health benefits of religious responses to cancer events.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:23:17Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:23:17Z-
dc.conference.date2001en_US
dc.conference.name26th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationSan Diego, California, 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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