Belonging as a dimension of quality of life

Hanne Peoples, Nina Nissen, Åse Brandt, Karen la Cour

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Background and relevance
Due to an aging population in Europe and with the risk of cancer increases with age, the number of people with advanced cancer is growing. Due to reforms in the Danish healthcare system, services including palliative care are increasingly provided in the home environment. For some people this is in agreement with the home being the preferred place to live until death, but may also lead to increased distress and loneliness. This call for ways to enable and maintain quality of life (QOL) and a sense of belonging and a better understanding of what this may entail when living with impending death. However, knowledge about different dimensions of belonging and their relationship with QOL remains limited.
By drawing on empirical data and the theoretical concept of belonging within occupational science (OS), the purpose of this study was to gain a deeper understanding of the ways in which QOL may be related to belonging as perceived by people with advanced cancer.
The study employed a qualitative approach using a combination of qualitative interviews and photo-elicitation. Data material consisted of 18 interviews and 77 photographs. A thematic approach was used to analyse the data. Ten participants took part in the study.
The findings suggest that occupational engagement that enables a sense of belonging was associated with QOL. Social belonging was especially important when living with impending death and isolation was a potential barrier for experiencing belonging. Objects may also enable a sense of belonging and generate existential feelings.
This study adds to knowledge within occupational science of how QOL and belonging may be linked. However, there is a need for further research, e.g. to better understand how objects may be linked to belonging, and of possible barriers of belonging.
Publikationsdato30 aug. 2019
StatusUdgivet - 30 aug. 2019
BegivenhedOccupational Science Europe Conference: Europe in transitions: Impact on occupation and health - Amsterdam, Holland
Varighed: 29 aug. 201931 aug. 2019


KonferenceOccupational Science Europe Conference


  • Sundhed, ernæring og livskvalitet