Managing daily life among people with advanced cancer living at home: Responding to uncertainties related to shifting abilities, home care, and treatment

Jesper Larsen Mærsk, Malcolm P. Cutchin, Karen la Cour

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Abstract

Introduction
People with advanced cancer are increasingly expected to live at home and manage the consequences of illness and treatment. The purpose of this study was to explore how people with advanced cancer manage the influence of home care and treatment on occupations and habits.

Method
Constructivist grounded theory guided the collection and analysis of data from 22 people with advanced cancer. Data were collected using in-depth interviews and participant diaries.

Findings
Uncertainty about abilities to engage in occupation and home care and treatment delivery disrupted participants’ daily life. Participants employed various strategies to manage uncertainties and to preserve a sense of agency and control.

Conclusions
This study provides insights into how people with advanced cancer manage and respond to the impact of illness, home care, and treatment in their daily life. The findings may aid occupational therapists to develop and deliver interventions that allow their patients to maintain a sense of agency in their daily life.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Occupational Therapy
Volume84
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)173-182
Number of pages10
ISSN0308-0226
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Oct 2020

Keywords

  • disease, health science and nursing

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