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Feeling of Solidarity between Terminal Cancer Patients and Their Family Members in Palliative Care Units Chiemi Tagami 1 , Sawa Fujita 2 1Gihoku Kosei Hospital 2University of Kochi, Faculty of Nursing Keyword: 終末期がん患者 , 家族員 , 連帯感 , terminal cancer patient , family member , feeling of solidarity pp.35-44
Published Date 2019/12/31
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 The purpose of the present study is to elucidate the feeling of solidarity between patients with terminal phase cancer and their family members as perceived by family members. Data was collected using semi-structured interviews of 10 family members who were the primary care givers of hospitalized patients with terminal cancer in the palliative care wards of two prefectures. The data obtained was qualitatively analyzed by an inductive approach. As a result, we found four elements regarding a sense of solidarity between patients and their family members, as perceived by the family members. The four elements included: ‘unwavering trust’, ‘a rise in determination’, ‘undispellable remorse’, and ‘the dying wishes held by a patient and the family member’.

 We describe the feeling of solidarity between patients and their family members as a basis of ‘unwavering trust’ that arises from the recognition of an irreplaceable band with each other. Though the family members feel ‘undispellable remorse’, they encourage themselves by changing their remorse to ‘a rise in determination’. Moreover they build up stronger bonds by trying to realize ‘the dying wishes held by a patient and the family member’. For nursing support, the following suggestions were obtained, namely, to encourage them to spend time and talk with the patients and their families, to support patients and family members in maintaining their aid actions for each other and make sure they are given positive feedback, to alleviate the remorse of the family members, and to realize the wishes of the a patient and the family member.


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電子版ISSN 2189-7565 印刷版ISSN 0914-6423 日本がん看護学会

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