Quality of life of the Hong Kong adult bone marrow transplant survivors : a qualitative approach

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Quality of life of the Hong Kong adult bone marrow transplant survivors : a qualitative approach


Author: Tai, Wai-ming Josepha
Title: Quality of life of the Hong Kong adult bone marrow transplant survivors : a qualitative approach
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2001
Subject: Bone marrow -- Transplantation -- China -- Hong Kong
Quality of life -- China -- Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Dept. of Nursing and Health Sciences
Pages: vii, 279 p. : col. ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1602842
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/481
Abstract: In Hong Kong, Bone marrow transplantation (BMT) is a rapidly growing treatment option for a variety of malignant and haematologic diseases, but little is known about the quality of life (QOL) of BMT survivors. As QOL is increasingly regarded as one of the ways to evaluate the outcome of BMT, so the purpose of this study was to examine the quality of life of adult survivors who were within the second years post BMT. This study adopted a qualitative phenomenological design and together with the purposeful sampling approach, a sample of 12 survivors was invited to participate in the semi-structured interview. Content analysis of the verbatim responses indicated that to the survivors, quality of life was meant in terms of being satisfied, being normal, being healthy, being sustained, being free, being functional, being independent and being together. Both negative and positive impacts of the effects of BMT were also identified with relatively more negative ones, but 92% of the survivors were satisfied with their live after transplant. The reason why life satisfaction was rated so favorably despite many negative impacts were that they have underwent a process of adjustment and adaptation which were illustrated by the identified categories of the survivors' lived experiences: confronting and enduring, seeking and connecting, transcending and replenishing, and struggling and balancing. The knowledge generated from this study can help health care professionals, and nurses in particular, to plan care with interventions so as to improve the survivors' quality of life.

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