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Development in quality of relationship between the significant other and the lung cancer patient as perceived by the significant other.
Neurobiologi, vårdvetenskap och samhälle.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1876-213X
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2008 (English)In: European Journal of Oncology Nursing, ISSN 1462-3889, E-ISSN 1532-2122, Vol. 12, no 5, 430-5 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

AIM: To prospectively explore the quality of the relationship between significant others and patients during lung cancer, based on the perceptions of the significant others.

METHOD: In a sample of 91 significant others, longitudinal data were collected during the first year after diagnosis, and explored on group level and as individual patterns over time.

RESULTS: Relational quality was skewed towards high quality, although 30% of the significant others reported low levels close to diagnosis. Forty-eight percent reported stability in the quality of their relationship during the disease trajectory. Within this group, 36% reported low levels of relational quality. Fifty-two percent reported change in quality of relationship and four typical patterns of change were identified. Two showed approximate linear changes in either a positive direction (15%) or a negative direction (49%), and two showed non-linear changes with a temporary ascending curve (11%) or a descending curve (26%). This implies that a change towards low levels of relational quality was most common.

CONCLUSION: The present results show that illness may be a trigger for change in relational quality, which may have implications for future family-centred practice and research, since previously high relational quality has been linked to improved emotional well-being.

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2008. Vol. 12, no 5, 430-5 p.
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Nursing
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Health and Caring Sciences, Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-16837DOI: 10.1016/j.ejon.2008.07.004PubMedID: 18845476OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-16837DiVA: diva2:533792
Available from: 2012-06-14 Created: 2012-01-16 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved
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2008 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Stockholm: Universitetsservice US-AB, 2008
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Nursing
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Health and Caring Sciences, Nursing
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urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-19964 (URN)978-91-7357-518-8 (ISBN)
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2008-03-14, H01 Röd Zanderska huset, Alfred Nobels Allé 23, Huddinge, 09:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2012-10-09 Created: 2012-06-14 Last updated: 2016-04-18Bibliographically approved

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