Terminally ill cancer patients’ wish to hasten death

Kelly, Brian, Burnett, Paul C., Pelusi, Dan, Badger, Shirlene, Varghese, Francis, & Robertson, Margaret M. (2002) Terminally ill cancer patients’ wish to hasten death. Palliative medicine, 16(4), pp. 339-345.

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Abstract

This exploratory study investigated factors associated with the wish to hasten death among a sample of terminally ill cancer patients. Semi-structured interviews conducted on a total of 72 hospice and home palliative care patients were subjected to qualitative analysis using QSRNUDIST. The main themes to emerge suggested that patients with a high wish to hasten death had greater concerns with physical symptoms and psychologica l suffering, perceived themselves to be more of a burden to others, and experienced higher levels of demoralization, while also reporting less confidence in symptom control, fewer social supports, less satisfaction with life experiences and fewer religious beliefs when compared with patients who had a moderate or no wish to hasten death. The implications of these findings will be discussed.

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ID Code: 26845
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Cancer patients, Euthanasia, Palliative care, Qualitative data
DOI: 10.1191/0269216302pm538oa
ISSN: 1477-030X
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Research and Commercialisation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Sage
Deposited On: 17 Aug 2009 22:11
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 18:03

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