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Managing occupations in everyday life for people with advanced cancer living at home.

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Source
Scand J Occup Ther. 2017 Jan;24(1):57-64
Publication Type
Article
Date
Jan-2017
Author
Hanne Peoples
Åse Brandt
Eva E Wæhrens
Karen la Cour
Source
Scand J Occup Ther. 2017 Jan;24(1):57-64
Date
Jan-2017
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Activities of Daily Living - psychology
Adaptation, Psychological
Aged
Aged, 80 and over
Cross-Sectional Studies
Denmark
Female
Humans
Independent living
Male
Middle Aged
Neoplasms - psychology
Occupational therapy
Occupations
Qualitative Research
Terminally Ill - psychology
Abstract
People with advanced cancer are able to live for extended periods of time. Advanced cancer can cause functional limitations influencing the ability to manage occupations. Although studies have shown that people with advanced cancer experience occupational difficulties, there is only limited research that specifically explores how these occupational difficulties are managed.
To describe and explore how people with advanced cancer manage occupations when living at home.
A sub-sample of 73 participants from a larger occupational therapy project took part in the study. The participants were consecutively recruited from a Danish university hospital. Qualitative interviews were performed at the homes of the participants. Content analysis was applied to the data.
Managing occupations were manifested in two main categories; (1) Conditions influencing occupations in everyday life and (2) Self-developed strategies to manage occupations.
The findings suggest that people with advanced cancer should be supported to a greater extent in finding ways to manage familiar as well as new and more personally meaningful occupations to enhance quality of life.
PubMed ID
27578556 View in PubMed
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