The experience of caring for an advanced lung cancer spouse: Vulnerable journey of caregiving

Y. Sihombing, A. Waluyo, Sri Yona

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Abstract

Objective: The aim of this study is to gain a deep understanding of the experience of carrying the role of spousal caregiver of an advanced lung cancer partner during treatment in hospital. Methods: A qualitative, descriptive phenomenology approach was applied to nine participants, who were chosen based on being in a vulnerable group: female, male, and elderly caregivers. Data collection was done using in-depth interviews. Colaizzi's method was applied in data analysis. Results: The findings revealed three themes shared from the participants’ perspectives and experiences about the caregiver role: changing roles in the family, sincerity in caring for an ill partner, and changes in closeness with the spouse. Conclusion: Spousal caregivers have an important role in patient treatment and also need interventions to enable them to perform and adjust to the caregiver role.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)891-896
Number of pages6
JournalEnfermeria Clinica
Volume29
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • Advanced lung cancer
  • Caregiver
  • Spousal

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