Self-image of the patients with head and neck cancer: A mixed method research

Nayak, Shalini G and Pai, Mamatha Shivananda and George, Linu Sara (2016) Self-image of the patients with head and neck cancer: A mixed method research. Indian Journal of Palliative Care, 22 (3). pp. 331-334. ISSN 0973-1075

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Abstract

Aim: The aim of the study was to assess the self‑image of the patients with head and neck cancers (HNCs) by using a mixed method research. Subjects and Methods: A mixed method approach and triangulation design was used with the aim of assessing the self‑image of the patients with HNCs. Data was gathered by using self‑administered self‑image scale and structured interview. Nested sampling technique was adopted. Sample size for quantitative approach was 54 and data saturation was achieved with seven subjects for qualitative approach. Institutional Ethical Committee clearance was obtained. Results: The results of the study showed that 30 (56%) subjects had positive self‑image and 24 (44%) had negative self‑image. There was a moderate positive correlation between body image and integrity (r = 0.430, P = 0.001), weak positive correlation between body image and self‑esteem (r = 0.270, P = 0.049), and no correlation between self‑esteem and integrity (r = 0.203, P = 0.141). The participants also scored maximum (24/24) in the areas of body image and self‑esteem. Similar findings were also observed in the phenomenological approach. The themes evolved were “immaterial of outer appearance” and “desire of good health to all.” Conclusion: The illness is long‑term and impacts the individual 24 h a day. Understanding patients’ self‑concept and living experiences of patients with HNC is important for the health care professionals to improve the care.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Head and neck cancer; mixed method; self‑concept; self‑image; South India.
Subjects: Nursing > MCON Manipal > Child Health
Nursing > MCON Manipal > Fundamentals of Nursing
Nursing > MCON Manipal > Medical Surgical
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2016 10:07
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2016 10:07
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/146585

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