The State of Families and Nurses of Uninformed Cancer Patients: Intensive Interviews by a Phenomenological Approach Tomoe Makino 1 1Fukui Prefectural University Keyword: がん , 告知 , 現象学 , 家族と看護者 , cancer , telling the truth , phenomenology , families and nurses pp.10-18
Published Date 2000/3/31
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 The purpose of this study was to clarify the situation of the family members and nurses of cancer patients who were uninformed of the disease and to obtain insights into theses patients and their families. The subjects were 8 members of the families(spouses)of uninformed cancer patients and 8 nurses who were in charge of the patients.

 The interview revealed:

1. The family member of the patients were troubled and constrained by the “obsession” that the state of the patients would become worse after telling them the truth, and their own “fear”, and “uncertainty” about how to deal with the patients after disclosure.

2. In the nurses of the patients were also troubled and constrained. They exhibited “indifference” and “were busy” as well as “obsession”, “fear”, and “uncertainty” as observed in the family members.

3. In the early phase of the interview, the subjects were in the situation described in 1. and 2. However, with advancement of the intensive interview by a phenomenological approach, the subjects become aware of their present state that they are troubled and constrained between two feelings, i.e., “I want to do ~” and “I should not do ~” and began to act as they feel, following their original feelings.

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