- Hope in palliative care: A longitudinal qualitative study
- Award date
- 26 June 2015
- Number of pages
- Document type
- PhD thesis
- Faculty of Medicine (AMC-UvA)
This thesis describes hope in palliative care patients, their family members and their healthcare professionals. An interpretative synthesis of the literature (chapter 2) and a metaphor analysis of semi-structured interviews with palliative care professionals (chapter 3) highlight palliative care professionals’ perspectives on hope. The findings support healthcare professionals to reflect on their ethics of hope and to widen their communicative repertoire. A chapter on the dynamics of despair, hopelessness and hope over time, as experienced by palliative care patients, helps healthcare professionals to understand, for example, the co-existence of these concepts in their patients (chapter 4). A relational ethics of hope, in addition, is described as an ethics of solicitude, in which healthcare professionals should balance empowerment (hope) and compassion (suffering). This ethics of hope is based on analysis of semi-structured interviews with all participants in the study (chapter 5). The last empirical study consists of a pilot study that tested the feasibility of a hope communication tool. Participating healthcare professionals described the tool as useable, and it supported them to discuss end-of-life issues and spirituality with their palliative care patients (chapter 6). One of the conclusions of this thesis is that healthcare professionals should use a relational-ethical approach to hope, which also involves that they take into consideration their own (experiences of) hope, despair and hopelessness (chapter 7).
- Author's conventional name: Erik Olsman. Formal name on the title page: Hendrik Jan Olsman.
Research conducted at: Universiteit van Amsterdam