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Type: Journal article
Title: The discursive properties of "hope": A qualitative analysis of cancer patients' speech
Author: Eliott, J.
Olver, I.
Citation: Qualitative Health Research, 2002; 12(2):173-193
Publisher: Sage Publications Inc
Issue Date: 2002
ISSN: 1049-7323
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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
Resuscitation Orders
Adaptation, Psychological
Attitude to Health
Interpersonal Relations
Physician-Patient Relations
Decision Making
Cost of Illness
Quality of Life
South Australia
Anecdotes as Topic
Interviews as Topic
Description: © 2002 SAGE Publications
DOI: 10.1177/104973230201200204
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