Transitoriness - a concept

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serval:BIB_4A613184F59B
Type
Inproceedings: an article in a conference proceedings.
Publication sub-type
Poster: Summary – with images – on one page of the results of a researche project. The summaries of the poster must be entered in "Abstract" and not "Poster".
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Publications
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Title
Transitoriness - a concept
Title of the conference
2011 International MASCC/ISOO Symposium
Author(s)
Shaha M., Cox C.L., Belcher A.E., Cohen M.Z., Käppeli S.
Address
Athens, Greece, Une 23-25, 2011
ISBN
1433-7339
ISSN-L
0941-4355
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2011
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
19
Series
Supportive Care in Cancer
Pages
S99-S100
Language
english
Abstract
Background: The realization of life's transitory nature, i.e., 'transitoriness', is an experience that patients who arediagnosed with cancer may have. Transitoriness constitutesa challenging situation for cancer patients, theirrelatives, and healthcare professionals. Although issuesregarding life's finitude and associated outcomes havebeen described in related concepts such as deathawareness, the concept of transitoriness remains vague.This paper will present attributes, outcomes, and antecedentsof this concept.Review methods: Rodgers' (2000) evolutionary conceptanalysis was utilized to explore the concept of 'transitoriness',which requires the review of at least 20% of theidentified relevant publications. A total of 239 articles wereidentified as being relevant. Of this total number, 27% (66articles) were selected, reviewed and analyzed.Findings: Three main themes emerged that describe theconcept of 'transitoriness'. They were 'awareness oflife's finitude', 'anxiety' and 'change'. On the one hand,the confrontation with life's finitude provokes existentialfear and anxiety in the person. On the other hand,persons have the possibility of re-assessing their lifesituation. Thus, they can identify and explore newavenues for coping.Conclusion and clinical relevance: The identification ofthe attributes of 'transitoriness', i.e., awareness, anxiety,and change, will help clinicians to better understand cancerpatients' experience of their illness situation. It will also bepossible to better support cancer patients in their copingprocess. Research that can foster the development ofinterventions that can enhance patients' healthcare experiencewill be promoted.
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