Living with Incurable Cancer Article Review by Nicky

Living with Incurable Cancer
A qualitative critique of the study "Living with Incurable Cancer at the End of Life--Patients' Perceptions on Quality of Life" by Johnasson et al.
# 148935 | 899 words | 1 source | MLA | 2011 | US


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Description:

The paper examines the study "Living with Incurable Cancer at the End of Life--Patients' Perceptions on Quality of Life" by Johnasson et al., that explores the quality of life in terminal situations and specific methods of providing proper and quality-improving end-of-life care to terminally ill cancer patients. The paper discusses the study's descriptions, the methodological congruence, the precision in the analysis and interpretation of the study's results, the theoretical and philosophical connections of the study to the larger practice of medicine and the general applicability of this study. In this writer's opinion, this study helps to promote better medical practices and greater levels of care.

Outline:
Introduction
Descriptive Vividness
Methodological Congruence
Analytical and Interpretative Preciseness
Philosophical and Theoretical Connectedness
Heuristic Relevance
Conclusion

From the Paper:

"It is often assumed that in the instance of terminal illnesses such as certain cancer cases, this process would be made even more difficult by the prolonged reduction in quality of life resulting from both the symptoms and/or the care needed to mange symptoms. This view, however, is challenged by evidence that improvements in symptom management of terminally ill patients has led to a shift in perception of end of life care. Perhaps more importantly, a more comprehensive understanding of the factors that contribute to quality of life has led to a reassessment in the methods of measuring this essential aspect of patient care. The study examined addresses both this overall reassessment of the quality of life in terminal situations, and specific methods of providing proper and quality-improving end-of-life care to terminally ill cancer patients.
"Specifically, five terminal cancer patients in the final stages of their diseases participated in repeated focus groups, and through their discussions certain themes and other patterns were developed. Assessing what factors to measure in making a quality of life determination and obtaining accurate measurements of these factors has always been a somewhat difficult and subjective process, and this study, rather than attempting to quantify this subjectivity, instead exploits and expands upon it in order to come to a more accurate and individualistic approach at improving the quality of life during end-of-life care for cancer patients."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Johnasson, C.; Axelsson, B. & Danielson, E. "Living with incurable cancer at the end of lie--patient's perceptions on quality of life." Cancer nursing, 29(5), pp. 391-399.

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APA Format

Living with Incurable Cancer (2011, November 15) Retrieved February 22, 2024, from https://www.academon.com/article-review/living-with-incurable-cancer-148935/

MLA Format

"Living with Incurable Cancer" 15 November 2011. Web. 22 February. 2024. <https://www.academon.com/article-review/living-with-incurable-cancer-148935/>

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