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Patients' experiences and social support needs following the diagnosis and initial treatment of acute leukemia - A qualitative study

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title = "Patients' experiences and social support needs following the diagnosis and initial treatment of acute leukemia - A qualitative study",
abstract = "Purpose: This study explores how newly diagnosed patients with acute leukemia (AL) experience the diagnosis and the initial treatment, and their need and preferences for social support. Methods: Explorative semi-structured individual interviews were carried out in patients with AL (n = 18) four to sixteen weeks post diagnosis. Thematic analysis was used to analyze the qualitative interview data. Results: Identified themes were 1) Jolted by the diagnosis, and subtheme Loss of personal autonomy; 2) Restoring normality in everyday life, and subtheme Facing a new social identity; and 3) A lifeline of hope. Being newly diagnosed with AL was experienced as traumatic, which negatively affected personal autonomy and everyday life. There was a pressing need to restore a sense of normality in everyday life while managing a new social identity as a cancer patient. Social support from family, friends and other patients were invaluable and experienced as an important lifeline. Conclusion: Receiving a life threatening diagnose and undergoing chemotherapeutic treatment had a negative impact on everyday life which required re-establishing daily life activities. This increased the need for social support which had a distinct role in facilitating the patients’ coping strategy. Clinical implications: It is important to support and strengthen the patient's social network from the time of diagnosis. Future studies should examine the feasibility and benefit of experienced-based social support from peers (former patients) to patients with AL.",
keywords = "Acute leukemia, Acute lymphatic leukemia, Acute myeloid leukemia, Autonomy, Peer support, Qualitative interviews, Social support",
author = "N{\o}rskov, {Kristina Holmegaard} and Dorthe Overgaard and Kirsten Lomborg and Lars Kjeldsen and Mary Jarden",
note = "Copyright {\circledC} 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.",
year = "2019",
month = "8",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1016/j.ejon.2019.05.005",
language = "English",
volume = "41",
pages = "49--55",
journal = "European Journal of Oncology Nursing",
issn = "1462-3889",
publisher = "Churchill Livingstone",

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Patients' experiences and social support needs following the diagnosis and initial treatment of acute leukemia - A qualitative study

AU - Nørskov, Kristina Holmegaard

AU - Overgaard, Dorthe

AU - Lomborg, Kirsten

AU - Kjeldsen, Lars

AU - Jarden, Mary

N1 - Copyright © 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

PY - 2019/8/1

Y1 - 2019/8/1

N2 - Purpose: This study explores how newly diagnosed patients with acute leukemia (AL) experience the diagnosis and the initial treatment, and their need and preferences for social support. Methods: Explorative semi-structured individual interviews were carried out in patients with AL (n = 18) four to sixteen weeks post diagnosis. Thematic analysis was used to analyze the qualitative interview data. Results: Identified themes were 1) Jolted by the diagnosis, and subtheme Loss of personal autonomy; 2) Restoring normality in everyday life, and subtheme Facing a new social identity; and 3) A lifeline of hope. Being newly diagnosed with AL was experienced as traumatic, which negatively affected personal autonomy and everyday life. There was a pressing need to restore a sense of normality in everyday life while managing a new social identity as a cancer patient. Social support from family, friends and other patients were invaluable and experienced as an important lifeline. Conclusion: Receiving a life threatening diagnose and undergoing chemotherapeutic treatment had a negative impact on everyday life which required re-establishing daily life activities. This increased the need for social support which had a distinct role in facilitating the patients’ coping strategy. Clinical implications: It is important to support and strengthen the patient's social network from the time of diagnosis. Future studies should examine the feasibility and benefit of experienced-based social support from peers (former patients) to patients with AL.

AB - Purpose: This study explores how newly diagnosed patients with acute leukemia (AL) experience the diagnosis and the initial treatment, and their need and preferences for social support. Methods: Explorative semi-structured individual interviews were carried out in patients with AL (n = 18) four to sixteen weeks post diagnosis. Thematic analysis was used to analyze the qualitative interview data. Results: Identified themes were 1) Jolted by the diagnosis, and subtheme Loss of personal autonomy; 2) Restoring normality in everyday life, and subtheme Facing a new social identity; and 3) A lifeline of hope. Being newly diagnosed with AL was experienced as traumatic, which negatively affected personal autonomy and everyday life. There was a pressing need to restore a sense of normality in everyday life while managing a new social identity as a cancer patient. Social support from family, friends and other patients were invaluable and experienced as an important lifeline. Conclusion: Receiving a life threatening diagnose and undergoing chemotherapeutic treatment had a negative impact on everyday life which required re-establishing daily life activities. This increased the need for social support which had a distinct role in facilitating the patients’ coping strategy. Clinical implications: It is important to support and strengthen the patient's social network from the time of diagnosis. Future studies should examine the feasibility and benefit of experienced-based social support from peers (former patients) to patients with AL.

KW - Acute leukemia

KW - Acute lymphatic leukemia

KW - Acute myeloid leukemia

KW - Autonomy

KW - Peer support

KW - Qualitative interviews

KW - Social support

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U2 - 10.1016/j.ejon.2019.05.005

DO - 10.1016/j.ejon.2019.05.005

M3 - Journal article

VL - 41

SP - 49

EP - 55

JO - European Journal of Oncology Nursing

JF - European Journal of Oncology Nursing

SN - 1462-3889

ER -

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