The dynamic relationship between daily activities, home environment, and identity when living with advanced cancer

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Abstract

The importance of daily activities and home to identity when living with advanced cancer

Introduction
Research within occupational science and gerontology has documented that being engaged in daily activities and having relational bonds to home are important to identity formation. For people living with advanced cancer in Denmark it is of priority to be able to live at home for as long as possible. For approximately 80% their home is the preferred place to die. Studies indicate home is the place where people with advanced cancer spent most of their day and are engaged in most of their daily activities. Problems, symptoms, and side effects of treatment may cause challenges when performing and engaging in daily activities at home. In addition, palliative care, assistive devices, and home modifications can affect how people with advanced cancer experience their home. Consequently people living at home with advanced cancer in Denmark may experience challenges to how they can form and express their identity through what they do and where they live.

Objectives
The purpose of this study is to generate knowledge about how people with advanced cancer through their words and actions express:
• The importance of daily activities to their identity
• How their identity is affected by treatment and support they receive in their home
• The importance of home to their identity

Methods
Approximately 20 participants are included in the study. Grounded Theory is used to guide data analysis and data collection through interviews, participant observations and diaries. Participants are followed for a three week period,
during which they are interviewed and observed in their home while performing their daily activities. In the course of this period they are asked to write diaries for three days of their own choosing.

Contribution to evidence base of occupational therapy
This study may contribute with knowledge to the future planning of evidence based occupational therapy intervention for people living with advanced cancer in their home. Furthermore it may elaborate contemporary perspectives on the relationship between activity, home, and identity formation.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Publikationsdatomaj 2014
StatusUdgivet - maj 2014
Begivenhed16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists: In collaboration with 48th Japanese Occupational Therapy Congress and Expo - Yokohama, Japan, Yokohama, Japan
Varighed: 18 jun. 201421 jun. 2014
Konferencens nummer: 16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists

Konference

Konference16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists
Nummer16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists
LokationYokohama, Japan
Land/OmrådeJapan
ByYokohama
Periode18/06/1421/06/14

Emneord

  • Sygdom, sundhedsvidenskab og sygepleje

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