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ERIC Number: EJ855672
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 72
ISSN: ISSN-0748-1187
Hope, Life, and Death: A Qualitative Analysis of Dying Cancer Patients' Talk about Hope
Eliott, Jaklin A.; Olver, Ian N.
Death Studies, v33 n7 p609-638 2009
Although deemed vital to patient well-being, hope in persons who are terminally ill is often thought to be problematic, particularly when centered on cure. As part of a study on end-of-life decision-making, we asked 28 patients with cancer, believed to be within weeks of their death, to talk about hope. Responses were transcribed and discursively analyzed, with 3 versions of hope, each of which connected hope and life, identified--hope as essential to, and for, life; hope, life, death, and others; and, hope/s changing during (or in) life. Hope for cure was common. Rather than death-denying, patients' hope appeared life-affirming, functioning to value patients, their lives, and connections with others. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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