Hope in Palliative Care: A Thematic Analysis

Beng, Tan Seng and Xin, Cheah Ai and Ying, Yeoh Kee and Khuen, Lim Poh and Yee, Anne and Zainuddin, Sheriza Izwa and Chin, Loh Ee and Loong, Lam Chee (2022) Hope in Palliative Care: A Thematic Analysis. Journal Of Palliative Care, 37 (2). pp. 177-182. ISSN 0825-8597, DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0825859720948976.

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Background: Hope is a positive coping mechanism that is important at all stages of illness, more so for palliative care patients. Purpose: To explore the experiences of hope of palliative care patients. Methods: A qualitative study was conducted at University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Adult palliative care in-patients were recruited and interviewed with semi structured questions on hope. Transcripts from the interviews were thematically analyzed with qualitative data management software NVIVO. Findings: 20 palliative care patients participated in the study. The themes generated from thematic analysis were (1) The notions of hope, (2) The sources and barriers of hope and (3) The contents of hope. Conclusion: Hope is an ever-present source of energy that gives people strength to carry on even in the most adverse situations. Understanding hope from the palliative care perspective may allow healthcare providers to develop strategies to better foster hope in the terminally ill.

Item Type: Article
Funders: None
Uncontrolled Keywords: hope; palliative care; terminally ill; psychosocial care; thematic analysis
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2023 14:56
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2023 12:57
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/42482

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