Understanding coping with cancer: How can qualitative research help?

Chittem, Mahati (2014) Understanding coping with cancer: How can qualitative research help? Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics, 10 (1). pp. 6-10. ISSN 0973-1482

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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.

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Chittem, MahatiUNSPECIFIED
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Coping, psycho‑oncology, qualitative research
Subjects: Social sciences > Asian Studies
Arts > Liberal arts
Divisions: Department of Liberal Arts
Depositing User: Library Staff
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2015 11:35
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2017 06:47
URI: http://raiith.iith.ac.in/id/eprint/1434
Publisher URL: https://doi.org/10.4103/0973-1482.131328
OA policy: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0973-1482/
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