This study describes the spiritual meanings people with terminal cancer give to their everyday life-experiences.
Transcriptions from semi-structured, in-depth interviews of 19 adults who had a diagnosis of cancer and who were living in Queensland and New South Wales.
Australia, were analysed using the constant comparative approach of grounded theory.
The study found that people with terminal cancer develop a spiritual perspective that strengthens their approaches to life and death.
Their discovery of spiritual meaning is enacted through a process of transacting self-preservation.
This process incorporates three phases, taking it all in, getting on with things and putting it all together.
As people with terminal cancer move through these phases they transact self-preservation by discovering deeper levels of understanding self.
This discovery of self incorporates a higher level of spiritual growth, spiritual perspective, spiritual awareness and spiritual experiences.
The study indicates that nurses can help people with terminal cancer develop coping strategies that allow them to engage in the process of transactin self-preservation.
This study also shows that there needs to be more emphasis on spirituality, spiritual issues and the role of spiritual caring in nursing curricula and practice.
Mots-clés Pascal : Tumeur maligne, Stade terminal, Coping, Expérience, Entretien, Evaluation, Théorie, Psychométrie, Homme, Australie, Océanie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Malignant tumor, Terminal stage, Coping, Experience, Interview, Evaluation, Theory, Psychometrics, Human, Australia, Oceania
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0341458
Code Inist : 002B30A11. Création : 14/12/1999.