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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
1552-7557
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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; 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
RMID: 0020020902
DOI: 10.1177/104973230201200204
Published version: http://qhr.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/12/2/173
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