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|Title:||The discursive properties of "hope": A qualitative analysis of cancer patients' speech|
|Citation:||Qualitative Health Research, 2002; 12(2):173-193|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Inc|
|Jaklin Eliott ; Ian Olver|
|Abstract:||The authors of this article question the usefulness of the empirico-realist search for a definitive definition of hope. Semistructured interviews on “do-not-resuscitate” issues with 23 oncology clinic outpatients were tape-recorded, transcribed, and analyzed following grounded-theory methodology and discursive analytical methodology. Twelve patients spontaneously spoke about hope as objective or subjective, a burden or a resource. Hope represented an evaluation of empirical states of affairs or the wish for desired outcomes and was a warrant for action or an excuse for inaction. It was attributed to both patient and caregiver, to individuals or situations. Hope was present or future oriented, both vulnerable and enduring. The variety of versions of hope has implications for interactions between health care workers and patients. Recognizing a taxonomy of hope might prove more useful than searching for definitions.|
|Keywords:||Humans; Neoplasms; Resuscitation Orders; Adaptation, Psychological; Attitude to Health; Goals; Interpersonal Relations; Physician-Patient Relations; Decision Making; Spirituality; Cost of Illness; Quality of Life; South Australia; Anecdotes as Topic; Interviews as Topic|
|Description:||© 2002 SAGE Publications|
|Appears in Collections:||Medicine publications|
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