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The context for Saeteren et al's study is the lived experience of incurable cancer. They base their study on the assumption that knowing one is heading towards certain death invokes suffering but may also reveal inner health resources. The main focus of the authors' interest is on the dialectic between suffering and health. Accordingly, they note that their aim in this study is to promote a deeper understanding of how patients experience health and suffering.
Methods, results and conclusions
Fifteen patients aged 47–76 years with incurable cancer were included in the study. Qualitative interviews, in the form of a conversation between the researcher and the patient, were conducted. The interviews were conducted in a hospital ward and lasted between 1 and 1.5 h. The interviews were audiotaped and transcribed. …
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