Survivorship: A Concept Analysis to Promote Healthy Outcomes in Cancer Survivors

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/202320
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Survivorship: A Concept Analysis to Promote Healthy Outcomes in Cancer Survivors
Abstract:
(41st Biennial Convention) PURPOSE AND RATIONALE The purpose of this project was to explore the numerous and often inconsistent applications of the concept, survivorship. Clarification of the concept is an integral component in furthering nursing research related to cancer survivorship. More than 12.6 million people were diagnosed with cancer in 2008 (Ferlay et al., 2010), with survival rates ranging from less than 40%  to more than 80% in underdeveloped and developed countries, respectively (Coleman et al., 2008). Conceptualization of survivorship and the resulting research brings to the forefront the needs of millions of cancer survivors worldwide. Awareness of cancer survivors’ issues sets the stage for better legislation and policies that address these needs. METHODS The Walker and Avant (2005) method of concept analysis was used, which included a literature search of the concept’s use and identification of the concept’s defining attributes, antecedents, consequences, and empirical referents. Cases were constructed that further demonstrated the use of the concept (model case, borderline case, contrary case). THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK The Neuman Systems Model demonstrates the multidimensional and dynamic processes of survivorship and is well-suited for an exploration of the concept. The model is an open-systems model in which the client system can be a person (e.g. one living through survivorship), family, community, or a social issue (Neuman, 2002). FINDINGS A specific definition of survivorship emerged upon review of the literature and subsequent determination of the defining attributes. Survivorship is the dynamic process in which a person lives through and beyond an illness despite the physiological, psychological, or psychosocial effects that affect adaptation (effective or ineffective) throughout the process. IMPLICATIONS Recognizing the dynamic process of survivorship is essential to continued research in the care of cancer survivors worldwide. This research can result in nursing interventions that improve health outcomes in the client and family.
Keywords:
Cancer Survivors; Survivorship; Concept Analysis
Repository Posting Date:
11-Jan-2012
Date of Publication:
4-Jan-2012
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleSurvivorship: A Concept Analysis to Promote Healthy Outcomes in Cancer Survivorsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/202320-
dc.description.abstract(41st Biennial Convention) PURPOSE AND RATIONALE The purpose of this project was to explore the numerous and often inconsistent applications of the concept, survivorship. Clarification of the concept is an integral component in furthering nursing research related to cancer survivorship. More than 12.6 million people were diagnosed with cancer in 2008 (Ferlay et al., 2010), with survival rates ranging from less than 40%  to more than 80% in underdeveloped and developed countries, respectively (Coleman et al., 2008). Conceptualization of survivorship and the resulting research brings to the forefront the needs of millions of cancer survivors worldwide. Awareness of cancer survivors’ issues sets the stage for better legislation and policies that address these needs. METHODS The Walker and Avant (2005) method of concept analysis was used, which included a literature search of the concept’s use and identification of the concept’s defining attributes, antecedents, consequences, and empirical referents. Cases were constructed that further demonstrated the use of the concept (model case, borderline case, contrary case). THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK The Neuman Systems Model demonstrates the multidimensional and dynamic processes of survivorship and is well-suited for an exploration of the concept. The model is an open-systems model in which the client system can be a person (e.g. one living through survivorship), family, community, or a social issue (Neuman, 2002). FINDINGS A specific definition of survivorship emerged upon review of the literature and subsequent determination of the defining attributes. Survivorship is the dynamic process in which a person lives through and beyond an illness despite the physiological, psychological, or psychosocial effects that affect adaptation (effective or ineffective) throughout the process. IMPLICATIONS Recognizing the dynamic process of survivorship is essential to continued research in the care of cancer survivors worldwide. This research can result in nursing interventions that improve health outcomes in the client and family.en_GB
dc.subjectCancer Survivorsen_GB
dc.subjectSurvivorshipen_GB
dc.subjectConcept Analysisen_GB
dc.date.available2012-01-11T11:22:04Z-
dc.date.issued2012-01-04en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-01-11T11:22:04Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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