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Article: The evolving experience of illness for Chinese women with breast cancer: A qualitative study

TitleThe evolving experience of illness for Chinese women with breast cancer: A qualitative study
Authors
Issue Date2003
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/jhome/5807
Citation
Psycho-Oncology, 2003, v. 12 n. 2, p. 127-140 How to Cite?
AbstractThe study of illness meaning in cancer in western communities has usually focused on causal attributions. We report a phenomenological study of 17 Hong Kong Chinese women with breast cancer, interviewed on completion of initial treatment, and describe how the illness experience and hence, meaning evolves for women in the Hong Kong Chinese culture. Themes arising from the identification and treatment of the disease include the difficulty of living in uncertainty and of maintaining and regaining normalcy in a superstitious society. The initial uncertainty of disease detection and the diagnostic process are characterized by shock and disbelief mingled with fear of death. Treatment choice presents women with difficulties arising from more uncertainty over the pressure to make quick decisions and the dilemma of death or mutilation. Following treatment, re-evaluation, re-prioritizing and positive life-re-evaluation occur. Changes in appearance proved problematic for those women who tried to hide their disease to protect themselves against stigmatization and social exclusion. In many ways, these findings parallel studies on western populations, suggesting that a common disease-medical care process is a predominant influence in shaping breast cancer experience. Implications for care are drawn from these data. Copyright © 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/86985
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2015 Impact Factor: 3.256
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.904
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dc.contributor.authorLam, WWTen_HK
dc.contributor.authorFielding, Ren_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-06T09:23:45Z-
dc.date.available2010-09-06T09:23:45Z-
dc.date.issued2003en_HK
dc.identifier.citationPsycho-Oncology, 2003, v. 12 n. 2, p. 127-140en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1057-9249en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/86985-
dc.description.abstractThe study of illness meaning in cancer in western communities has usually focused on causal attributions. We report a phenomenological study of 17 Hong Kong Chinese women with breast cancer, interviewed on completion of initial treatment, and describe how the illness experience and hence, meaning evolves for women in the Hong Kong Chinese culture. Themes arising from the identification and treatment of the disease include the difficulty of living in uncertainty and of maintaining and regaining normalcy in a superstitious society. The initial uncertainty of disease detection and the diagnostic process are characterized by shock and disbelief mingled with fear of death. Treatment choice presents women with difficulties arising from more uncertainty over the pressure to make quick decisions and the dilemma of death or mutilation. Following treatment, re-evaluation, re-prioritizing and positive life-re-evaluation occur. Changes in appearance proved problematic for those women who tried to hide their disease to protect themselves against stigmatization and social exclusion. In many ways, these findings parallel studies on western populations, suggesting that a common disease-medical care process is a predominant influence in shaping breast cancer experience. Implications for care are drawn from these data. Copyright © 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/jhome/5807en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofPsycho-Oncologyen_HK
dc.rightsPsycho-Oncology. Copyright © John Wiley & Sons Ltd.en_HK
dc.subject.meshAdaptation, Psychologicalen_HK
dc.subject.meshAdulten_HK
dc.subject.meshAgeden_HK
dc.subject.meshAttitude to Healthen_HK
dc.subject.meshBreast Neoplasms - psychologyen_HK
dc.subject.meshCultureen_HK
dc.subject.meshFemaleen_HK
dc.subject.meshHong Kongen_HK
dc.subject.meshHumansen_HK
dc.subject.meshInterview, Psychologicalen_HK
dc.subject.meshMiddle Ageden_HK
dc.subject.meshSampling Studiesen_HK
dc.subject.meshSuperstitionsen_HK
dc.titleThe evolving experience of illness for Chinese women with breast cancer: A qualitative studyen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailLam, WWT:wwtlam@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailFielding, R:fielding@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1002/pon.621en_HK
dc.identifier.pmid12619145en_HK
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dc.identifier.volume12en_HK
dc.identifier.issue2en_HK
dc.identifier.spage127en_HK
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_HK
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