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Title: The meaning of hope from the perspective of Chinese advanced cancer patients in Hong Kong
Authors: Mok, E 
Lam, WM
Chan, LN
Lau, KP
Ng, JSC
Chan, KS
Keywords: Advanced cancer
Chinese
Hope
Palliative care
Qualitative research
Issue Date: 2010
Source: International journal of palliative nursing, 2010, v. 16, no. 6, p. 298-305 How to cite?
Journal: International Journal of Palliative Nursing 
Abstract: Aim: This article reports a study to examine the meaning of hope from the perspective of Chinese advanced cancer patients in Hong Kong. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with a convenience sample of advanced cancer patients recruited from the palliative care unit of a local hospital. Data were saturated after 17 participants were interviewed. Qualitative content analysis was adopted to analyse the data. Findings: Hope as experienced by the participants was found to consist of five components: living a normal life, social support, actively letting go of control, reconciliation between life and death, and wellbeing of significant others. Conclusions: While hope is related to the wellbeing of patients with advanced cancer, successful palliative care partly depends on an awareness of the importance of hope in the end-of-life context and cultural sensitivity to the meanings behind it from the patients' own perspective.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/23347
ISSN: 1357-6321
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