A Case Study "A Life with and beyond Cancer"Jan Sitvast*
University of Applied Sciences, Hogeschool Utrecht, Faculty of Health, Heidelberglaan 7, Utrecht, 3584CS, Netherlands
- *Corresponding Author:
- Sitvast J
Researcher, University of Applied Science, Hogeschool Utrecht, Faculty of Health
Heidelberglaan 7, Utrecht, 3584CS, Netherlands
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: May 23, 2016; Accepted date: May 30, 2016; Published date: May 31, 2016
Citation: Sitvast J (2016) A Case Study "A Life with and beyond Cancer". J Palliat Care Med 6: 266. doi:10.4172/2165-7386.1000266
Copyright: © 2016 Sitvast J. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Purpose: Developing an intervention with photography to support patients in their search for a meaningful and valued life with their disease.
Method: Pilot-testing a prototype of an intervention that had been developed for another target group. The research approach is a prototypical case study.
Results: Being photographed and being able to direct the kind of photographs helped the patient to reflect on her life with cancer, but also on her life beyond the disease.
Conclusions: The photographs mediated the patient’s story where otherwise words alone might not have been able to make sense of confused feelings. Nurses can look for creative ways to involve the patient and relevant others in the process of meaning giving as a first step in coping with the disease and its consequences.