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Balancing: a basic process in end-of-life cancer care.
Region Kronoberg.
Department of Community Medicine, Malmö.
Kronoberg county Research Centre;Lund university.
2003 (English)In: Qualitative Health Research, ISSN 1049-7323, E-ISSN 1552-7557, Vol. 13, no 10, p. 1353-1377Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this grounded theory study, the authors interviewed caregivers and patients in end-of-life cancer care and found Balancing to be a fundamental process explaining the problem-solving strategies of most participants and offering a comprehensive perspective on both health care in general and end-of-life cancer care in particular. Balancing stages were Weighing--sensing needs and wishes signaled by patients, gauging them against caregiver resources in diagnosing and care planning; Shifting--breaking bad news, changing care places, and treatments; and Compensating--controlling symptoms, educating and team-working, prioritizing and "stretching" time, innovating care methods, improvising, and maintaining the homeostasis of hope. The Balancing outcome is characterized by Compromising, or "Walking a fine line," at best an optimized situation, at worst a deceit.

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Sage Publications, 2003. Vol. 13, no 10, p. 1353-1377
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Cancer and Oncology
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Natural Science, Medicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-81216DOI: 10.1177/1049732303258369PubMedID: 14658351OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-81216DiVA, id: diva2:1298070
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