Molassiotis, Alex, Lowe, Matthew, Blackhall, F. and Lorigan, P. (2011) A qualitative exploration of a respiratory distress symptom cluster in lung cancer: cough, breathlessness and fatigue. Lung Cancer, 71 (1). pp. 94-102. ISSN 0169-5002
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There is a growing awareness that symptoms frequently co-occur in ‘symptom clusters’ and that understanding these clusters may improve the management of unrelieved symptoms in patients. In-depth longitudinal exploration of lung cancer patients’ symptom experiences is used to examine patient symptom experiences and distress across the disease trajectory of lung cancer.
Semi-structured interviews were conducted with patients and their primary caregivers at four time points: At the beginning of treatment and then subsequently at three, six, and twelve months. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis was employed in the data analysis.
Findings indicate that a cluster of interacting respiratory symptoms play a central role in patients’ symptom experiences within the lung cancer population. The interviews also suggest that symptoms such as cough which are under-represented in research within this population may play an important role in patients’ symptom experiences.
Longitudinal qualitative investigation offers a valuable method for improving our understanding of patients’ experiences of lung cancer and for identifying potential opportunities to improve patient quality of life.
|Uncontrolled Keywords (separate with ;):||respiratory distress; symptom cluster; lung cancer; cough; breathlessness; fatigue;|
|Subjects:||Biological sciences > Psychology|
|Schools:||College of Science and Technology > School of Psychology|
|Deposited By:||Laura Hunt|
|Deposited On:||12 Nov 2012 15:14|
|Last Modified:||17 May 2016 12:34|
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