University of Stirling    STORRE: Stirling Online Research Repository University Circle Images   Research Led, Student Focused  
 

STORRE >
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health >
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Journal Articles >

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/2211

Appears in Collections:School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Journal Articles
Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The importance of relationships in the experience of cancer: A re-working of the policy ideal of the whole-systems approach
Author(s): Cunningham, Nicola
Forbat, Liz
Hubbard, Gill
Kearney, Nora
Contact Email: n.a.illingworth@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: Interpersonal relationship
Joint ownership of cancer
Whole systems working
Issue Date: Feb-2010
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Cunningham N, Forbat L, Hubbard G & Kearney N (2010) The importance of relationships in the experience of cancer: A re-working of the policy ideal of the whole-systems approach, European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 14 (1), pp. 23-28.
Abstract: Purpose of the research: This paper outlines the importance of interpersonal familial relationships in how people experience cancer. Methods and sample: This paper draws on data from a longitudinal, qualitative study which aimed to explore the experiences of people with cancer within the first year following diagnosis. The sample included fifteen men with colorectal cancer, 3 women with colorectal cancer, twelve women with breast cancer, nine women with gynaecological cancer, six women with lung cancer, eleven men with lung cancer and ten men with prostate cancer. Four people died during the course of the study and ten people chose to withdraw. Key results: Close interpersonal relationships were clearly core mediating features in how the illness was experienced; for example, presenting for symptom investigation was often the result of ongoing interaction and debate between partners. We use the idea of the ‘joint ownership of cancer’ to elucidate the role of relationships in experiencing and understanding the disease. We propose a re-working of the notion of a whole-systems approach to include not just partnership working within health and social care agencies, but centralising the patient's interpersonal relationships as critical in each aspect of their experience of cancer. Conclusions: The findings are discussed in terms of the need for service delivery and research to be mindful of the relational aspects and implications of illness. Nurses can play a key role in how this is operationalised in supporting people affected by cancer in the context of their relationships.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/2211
URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/14623889
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejon.2009.06.006
Rights: The publisher does not allow this work to be made publicly available in this Repository. Please use the Request a Copy feature at the foot of the Repository record to request a copy directly from the author; you can only request a copy if you wish to use this work for your own research or private study.
Affiliation: NMH Health - Stirling
NMH Research - Stirling
NMH Research - Highland
NMH Research - Stirling

Files in This Item:

File Description SizeFormat
Illingworth - The importance of relationships in the expereince of cancer etc.pdf147.36 kBAdobe PDFUnder Embargo until 31/12/2999 Restricted Access. Click to Request a copy from the author!

Note: If any of the files in this item are currently embargoed, you can request a copy directly from the author by clicking the padlock icon above. However, this facility is dependant on the depositor still being contactable at their original email address.

This item is protected by original copyright

Recommend this item

Items in the Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

If you believe that any material held in STORRE infringes copyright, please contact library@stir.ac.uk providing details and we will remove the Work from public display in STORRE and investigate your claim.

 

Valid XHTML 1.0! Repository Service Operated by Information Services, University of Stirling
Powered by DSpace Software Copyright © 2002-2010  Duraspace - Feedback