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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 6-10

Understanding coping with cancer: How can qualitative research help?

Department of Liberal Arts, Indian Institute of Technology, Yeddumailaram, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Mahati Chittem
Department of Liberal Arts, Indian Institute of Technology, ODF Campus, Yeddumailaram - 502 205, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-1482.131328

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Research in psycho-oncology investigates the psycho-social and emotional aspects of cancer and how this is related to health, well-being and overall patient care. Coping with cancer is a prime focus for researchers owing to its impact on patients' psychological processing and life in general. Research so far has focused mainly on quantitative study designs such as questionnaires to examine the coping strategies used by cancer patients. However, in order to gain a rich and deep understanding of the reasons, processes and types of strategies that patients use to deal with cancer, qualitative study designs are necessary. Few studies have used qualitative designs such as semi-structured interviews to explore coping with cancer. The current paper aims to review the suitability and benefits of using qualitative research designs to understand coping with cancer with the help of some key literature in psycho-oncology research.

Abstract in Chinese

理解应对肿瘤:定性研究的好处 肿瘤心理学研究是调查肿瘤病人的社会心理和情感方面的问题,以及它与病人健康和护理的关系。对研究者来说,成功地对抗肿瘤是主焦点。归因于肿瘤对病人的心理过程和生命的影响。目前的研究主要集中于定量的研究设计比如调查问卷,用来检验肿瘤病人所用的对抗肿瘤的策略。然而,为了获得病人对抗肿瘤的策略和程序的深刻理解,定性研究是必要的。极少研究用定性设计如探索应对肿瘤的半结构化调查。在参考了一些肿瘤心理学研究的关键文献后,本文旨在回顾定性研究设计在理解应对肿瘤方面的适用性和好处。 关键词:应对,肿瘤心理学,定性研究

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