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I dödens väntrum: Att inte veta när man ska dö, när man vet att man ska dö
University West, Department of Nursing, Health and Culture, Divison of Caring Sciences, undergraduate level.
University West, Department of Nursing, Health and Culture, Divison of Caring Sciences, undergraduate level.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
In the waiting room of death : Not knowing when to die when you know you will die (English)
Abstract [en]

Background: Living with an incurable cancer diagnosis and finding oneself at the end of life is a crisis related state. The patient often has to struggle through a series of challenging events, meaning that they are in need of great support. The blog phenomenon has begun to spread amongst younger people as an alternative supporting coping. Through blogging the person is sharing his/her experiences whilst it increases a sense of meaningfulness and decreasing the feeling of isolation. Aim: The aim of the study was to, based on blogs, illuminate the experience of having incurable cancer and being at the end of life. Method: The blogs were read and analyzed using a qualitative content analysis. Six blogs, each containing blog posts of the persons last year in life, were analyzed. Results: The experience was illustrated based on the comprehensive theme ”Living in the waiting room of death” built on three themes and eight sub themes, all showing similarities as well as differences of the experience, which suggests great complexity and ambivalence. Conclusion: The study contributes to important awareness of the experience of having an incurable cancer and being at life’s end. The study shows the complexity of coping with cancer and handling the fact that there is no more cure. The experience was characterized by a complicated suffering, with ambivalent feelings and thoughts of being in a state of uncertainty, containing more complex aspects than just being hopeful and/or miserable.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 21 p.
Keyword [en]
Blog, cancer, palliative care, psychosocial support, suffering
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-6764Local ID: EXO500OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-6764DiVA: diva2:752737
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Nursing science
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Sjuksköterskeprogrammet
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Available from: 2014-10-14 Created: 2014-10-06 Last updated: 2014-10-14Bibliographically approved

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