Living in a state of suspension - a phenomenological approach to the spouse's experience of oral cancer
2008 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712, Vol. 22, no 1, 40-47 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The consequences of oral cancer may affect not only the patient, but also their spouses, as the mouth is vital for communication, social interaction and nutrition. Treatment is complex, lengthy and involves a large number of medical and dental professionals. During the treatment of oral cancer spouses are often present when the patients meet the treatment team. While nursing and medical staff have experience of meeting both patients and spouses, dental teams may not. The aim of this phenomenological study was to describe oral cancer and its treatment as experienced by the patient's spouses. A purposeful sample of seven spouses was interviewed. The existentials of lived relations, lived body and lived space and time were used as interpretive means in analysing the data to illuminate the spouses' everyday experiences during treatment. The findings reveal that the experience of lived relations changes from being spouse to supportive carer, the lived body is neglected and lived space and time becomes restricted. The essence of their lived experience can be described as living in a state of suspension. This knowledge may be useful in the education and organization of supportive communication for multiprofessional caregivers.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 22, no 1, 40-47 p.
oral cancer, spouse, phenomenology, lived experience, multiprofessional care, communication
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-96359DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-6712.2007.00525.xISI: 000252963800006PubMedID: 18269421OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-96359DiVA: diva2:170909