Because little is known about the perceptions of patients who make health care decisions under potentially life-threatening conditions, a grounded theory approach was utilized to describe decision making from the patient's perspective.
Eighteen respondents, aged 26 to 81, with diagnoses of heart disease, renal failure, or cancer were interviewed shortly after making a decision regarding treatment of their conditions and again about 1 month later.
Respondents reported that their decisions to accept treatment were personalized to correspond with their views of themselves within the context of their life stories.
Findings provide a basis for development of effective interaction and educational strategies for use with persons with potentially life-threatening conditions.
Mots-clés Pascal : Malade, Homme, Prise décision, Choix, Traitement, Expérience personnelle, Autoperception, Appareil circulatoire pathologie, Insuffisance rénale, Tumeur maligne, Risque élevé, Appareil urinaire pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Patient, Human, Decision making, Choice, Treatment, Personal experience, Self perception, Cardiovascular disease, Renal failure, Malignant tumor, High risk, Urinary system disease
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0342023
Code Inist : 002B30A11. Création : 12/09/1997.