Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics

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

Understanding coping with cancer: How can qualitative research help?


Mahati Chittem 
 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
India

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«SQ» 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.


How to cite this article:
Chittem M. Understanding coping with cancer: How can qualitative research help?.J Can Res Ther 2014;10:6-10


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Chittem M. Understanding coping with cancer: How can qualitative research help?. J Can Res Ther [serial online] 2014 [cited 2021 Sep 22 ];10:6-10
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