ILLNESS-RELATED PROBLEMS AND COPING AMONG PERSONS WITH LOW-GRADE GLIOMA


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Abstract

SUMMARYThe literature reveals no qualitative study concerning the consequences of low-grade glioma in adults. The aim of the present study was to describe perceived illness-related problems in persons with low-grade glioma and the coping used in everyday living. The study was cross-sectional within a well-defined population. A semi-structured qualitative interview was conducted with each of 39 persons, and the data were subjected to inductive content analysis.There was a wide range of perceived problems, mainly concerning bodily functions, memory, cognition, emotion, communication and perception. Several coping strategies emerged, the most frequent being searching for a solution, which was often related to memory and communication problems. One characteristic of communication was the creation of new words. Other common strategies were refraining from and avoiding and laughing and joking. Caring about self involved prioritising of personal needs. A striving to feel a sense of solidarity within seeking social affinity was coping with a novel content. The study provides vivid narratives about previously unreported phenomena, conveying a deeper understanding. The variety and endurance of problems revealed verifies the need of support from several professionals, including in the form of outpatient post-medical care.

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