Korean J Adult Nurs.  2016 Aug;28(4):470-481. 10.7475/kjan.2016.28.4.470.

Experiences of Self-management Support among Breast Cancer Survivors

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Periodontology, School of Dentistry, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju, Korea.
  • 2Department of Nursing, Hansei University, Jeonju, Korea. graceheo@hansei.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
The purpose of this study was to explore self-management support experiences among breast cancer survivors.
METHODS
Individual in-depth interviews were performed for survivors who had treated breast cancer after completion of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Data were collected from April 2014 to July 2014 and analyzed using phenomenological method by Colaizzi.
RESULTS
Five essential themes were found as follows: 1) Need for continuous help and support to maintain self-management, 2) Need for professional resources to carry out regular exercise, 3) Overcoming psychological difficulties through others rather than health care professionals, 4) Disappointment with time with and circumstances of health care consultation, 5) Dependence on means of media for health related information.
CONCLUSION
The results might contribute to an understanding of self-management support experienced by breast cancer survivors in Korea. It is suggested that evidence-based program for self-management support should be developed and applied to nursing intervention for breast cancer survivors.


MeSH Terms

Breast Neoplasms*
Breast*
Delivery of Health Care
Drug Therapy
Humans
Korea
Methods
Nursing
Self Care*
Survivors*
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