Journal article

Meaning in adjustment to cancer: a model of care.

Carrie Lethborg, Sanchia Aranda, David Kissane

Palliat Support Care | Published : 2008

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: In the clinical setting of cancer, meaning may well have a central role in the life changes the illness experience brings about. As health care professionals working with people with life-threatening illness, we are exposed to one of the major turning points in life and the ways people confront this transition. Meaning can assist coping by offering a framework, perspective, and counterbalance to the challenge of illness. However, the absence of meaning can be a precursor to profound despair. METHODS: This article brings together the clinical implications of two studies conducted by the authors that explored the role of meaning in adjustment to cancer, presenting a theoretical und..

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