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The Phantom of Death Improving Quality of Life: You Live Until You Die
University of Estado Rio De Janeiro, Brazil .
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1588-135X
2012 (English)In: AMERICAN JOURNAL OF HOSPICE and PALLIATIVE MEDICINE, ISSN 1049-9091, Vol. 29, no 7, 555-562 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study was, using secondary analysis on data collected from previous empirical studies, to focus on improving the quality of life due to the new possibilities for living after a cancer diagnosis. No matter how long or short the life will be, quality of life in palliative care is about "living in the best way" until death. The data analysis identified 4 main themes; death as a main concern, reevaluating life, living a normal life with support, and living until death. The key message is that the patients are living until they die. Palliative care should facilitate and support the patients in their new life situation in order to sustain their quality of life. They are still alive-living until death.

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SAGE Publications (UK and US) , 2012. Vol. 29, no 7, 555-562 p.
Keyword [en]
cancer, quality of life, secondary analysis, interpretive phenomenology, living until you die, reevaluating
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-85851DOI: 10.1177/1049909111432450ISI: 000309928900010OAI: diva2:573284

Funding Agencies|Faculty of Health Sciences, Linkoping University, Sweden||Faculty of Nursing, Rio de Janeiro State University, Brazil||

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