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Being in safe hands: patients’ perceptions of how cancer services may support psychological well-being

Appleton, L, Poole, HM and Wall, C (2018) Being in safe hands: patients’ perceptions of how cancer services may support psychological well-being. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 74 (7). pp. 1531-1543. ISSN 0309-2402

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Aims To explore how cancer services may positively promote and support patients’ well-being throughout treatment. Specifically to identify components of care that are important to patients and meet their needs Background Patients commonly experience stress and uncertainty during their cancer journey which can have a negative impact on their psychological health and quality of life. Comparatively, little is known about how patients may experience positive well-being during their treatment experience. Design Qualitative study using semi-structured interviews. Methods Interviews were conducted between 2014-2015 with a purposive sample of 30 individuals who were at the beginning, middle or end of treatment for lung, colorectal and head and neck cancer. The majority were outpatients and receiving radiotherapy, chemotherapy or a combination of these. The recordings were analysed using thematic analysis. Results Patients may obtain a range of positive health benefits derived from contact with staff, patients and public. Positive emotional gains were based on ‘being in safe hands’ and part of the collective effort to eradicate cancer. This appeared to assist patients achieve favourable treatment responses, however, a range of factors encouraged and hindered them to express concerns. Conclusion Interactions with staff, patients and the hospital environment supported well-being in those receiving cancer treatment. Findings demonstrate additional areas for research including the development of interventions to facilitate peer support and the implementation of communication strategies that promote well-being.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted version of the following article: Being in safe hands: patients’ perceptions of how cancer services may support psychological well‐being. Lynda Appleton, Helen Poole, Christine Wall. First published: 23 February 2018 https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.13553, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jan.13553
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1110 Nursing
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
Divisions: Natural Sciences & Psychology (closed 31 Aug 19)
Nursing & Allied Health
Publisher: Wiley
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2018 09:35
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 10:39
DOI or ID number: 10.1111/jan.13553
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8317
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