A Phenomenological Study of Experiences of Family Care Givers of Patient with Head and Neck Cancer

두경부암 환자 가족의 돌봄 경험에 관한 현상학적 연구

  • Received : 2018.08.21
  • Accepted : 2018.10.07
  • Published : 2018.10.28


Purpose : The purpose of this study was to explore the meaning and essence of experience of family members as care givers of patient with head and neck cancer. Methods : This study was based on the colaizzi's phenomenological method, which describes the experiences about the family care givers. We had in-depth interview with family of five head and neck cancer patients. Results : Data was classified by 24 themes, 9 theme clusters and 4 categories. The categories are as follows: 'Shocking and actuality like a deadly maze', 'Cut off from the world by changes in family's physical image', 'Exhaustion of family', 'Take-off for mature care'. Conclusion : The results of the study provide useful information in understanding care givers' experience of patient with head and neck cancer and establishing effective strategies to support these care givers.


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