Journal article

Lung Cancer Stigma across the Social Network: Patient and Caregiver Perspectives

Stefano Occhipinti, Jeff Dunn, Dianne L O'Connell, Gail Garvey, Patricia C Valery, David Ball, Kwun M Fong, Shalini Vinod, Suzanne Chambers

JOURNAL OF THORACIC ONCOLOGY | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2018

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To examine the personal experiences of people with lung cancer and their caregivers and how stigma is manifested throughout a patient's social network. METHODS: A qualitative thematic analysis of interviews with 28 patients with lung cancer and their caregivers was conducted. Telephone interviews were conducted and transcribed verbatim. Data analysis was guided by contemporary stigma theory. RESULTS: Patients and caregivers reported feeling high levels of felt stigma and concomitant psychological distress in response to the diagnosis of lung cancer. Three overarching themes emerged: the nexus of lung cancer and smoking, moralization, and attacking the link between lung cancer and ..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Fellowship


Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

This study was commissioned by Cancer Australia. Dr. Valery was supported by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Fellowship (APP1083090). Dr. Garvey was supported by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship (APP1105399).