An exploration through interview and drawings of the experiences of patients diagnosed with oral cancer across their cancer trajectory

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dc.contributor.advisor Hegarty, Josephine en
dc.contributor.author Noonan, Brendan
dc.date.accessioned 2015-10-29T12:36:57Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.date.submitted 2014
dc.identifier.citation Noonan, B. 2014. An exploration through interview and drawings of the experiences of patients diagnosed with oral cancer across their cancer trajectory. DN Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/2016
dc.description.abstract Background: The treatment of oral cancer is complex and lengthy. Curative treatment implies a combination of surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. The main goal of treatment is to guarantee long-term tumour free survival with as little functional and cosmetic damage. Despite progress in developing these strategies, cancers of the oral cavity continue to have high mortality rates that have not improved dramatically over the past ten years. Aim: The aim of this study was to uniquely explore the dynamic changes in the physical, psychological, social and existential experiences of newly diagnosed patients with oral cancer at two points across their cancer illness trajectory i.e. at the time of diagnosis and at the end of treatment. Methodology: A qualitative prospective longitudinal design was employed. Non-probability purposive sampling allowed the recruitment of 10 participants. The principal data collection method used was a digital audio taped semi-structured interview along with drawings produced by the participants. Analysis: Data was analysed using latent content analyses. Summary: Three ‘dynamic’ themes, physical, psychosocial and existential experiences were revealed that interact and influence each other in a complex and compound whole. These experiences are present at different degrees and throughout the entire trajectory of care. Patients have a number of specific concerns and challenges that cannot be compartmentalised into unitary or discrete aspects of their daily lives. Conclusion & Implications: An understanding of the patient’s experience of their illness at all stages of the disease trajectory, is essential to inform service providers’ decision making if the delivery of care is to be client centred. Dynamic and fluctuating changes in the patient’s personal experience of the cancer journey require dynamic, energetic and timely input from health care professionals. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2014, Brendan Noonan. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject Oral cancer en
dc.subject Mouth cancer en
dc.subject Head and neck cancer en
dc.subject Lived experience en
dc.subject Patient experience en
dc.subject Cancer trajectory en
dc.subject Illness trajectory en
dc.title An exploration through interview and drawings of the experiences of patients diagnosed with oral cancer across their cancer trajectory en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationname Doctor of Nursing Practice en
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dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Nursing and Midwifery en
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dc.internal.conferring Spring Conferring 2015


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