Self-reorientation following colorectal cancer treatment : a grounded theory study

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Self-reorientation following colorectal cancer treatment : a grounded theory study
Author(s) Johansson, Ann-Caroline ; Axelsson, Malin ; Berndtsson, Ina ; Brink, Eva
Date 2015
English abstract
After colorectal cancer (CRC) treatment, people reorganize life in ways that are consistent with their understanding of the illness and their expectations for recovery. Incapacities and abilities that have been lost can initiate a need to reorient the self. To the best of our knowledge, no studies have explicitly focused on the concept of self-reorientation after CRC treatment. The aim of the present study was therefore to explore self-reorientation in the early recovery phase after CRC surgery. Grounded theory analysis was undertaken, using the method presented by Charmaz. The present results explained self-reorientation as the individual attempting to achieve congruence in self-perception. A congruent self-perception meant bringing together the perceived self and the self that was mirrored in the near environs. The results showed that societal beliefs and personal explanations are essential elements of self-reorientation, and that it is therefore important to make them visible.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.2174/1874434601509010025 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Bentham Science Publishers
Host/Issue The Open Nursing Journal;
Volume 9
ISSN 1874-4346
Pages 25-31
Language swe (iso)
Subject(s) Colorectal cancer
illness perception
recovery
self-perception
self-regulation
self-reorientation
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/19772 (link to this page)

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