Exploring the patient's experience of a day hospital chemotherapy service: preliminary fieldwork

Sonja McIlfatrick, Kate Sullivan, Hugh McKenna

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This paper describes some preliminary findings from a Heideggerian hermeneutic phenomenological study exploring patients’ experiences of a day hospital chemotherapy service. Phenomenology has been described as both a philosophical perspective and a research method. Following a review of the literature, it was apparent that there is a paucity of qualitative studies regarding the experience of chemotherapy treatment. The aim of the study was to explore patients’ experiences of receiving treatment within a day hospital setting and to compare this with previously having received treatment as an inpatient. Purposeful sampling and face-to-face interviews were conducted. Preliminary data analysis from the pilot study has identified themes for patients relating to the need to maintain hope associated with treatment; feelings of adjustment; incorporating treatment as ‘part of life’; need for closure following treatment; thoughts of comradeship and sharing the experience.
LanguageEnglish
Pages197-199
JournalEuropean Journal of Oncology Nursing
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2003

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  • chemotherapy treatment
  • day hospital
  • phenomenology
  • patients’ experience

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Exploring the patient's experience of a day hospital chemotherapy service: preliminary fieldwork. / McIlfatrick, Sonja; Sullivan, Kate; McKenna, Hugh.

In: European Journal of Oncology Nursing, Vol. 7, No. 3, 09.2003, p. 197-199.

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