The Usefulness of Brief Family Health Conversations Offered to Families Following the Diagnosis of Breast Cancer

Annette Holst-Hansson, Vedrana Vejzovic, Ewa Idvall, Anne Wennick

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Abstract

Currently, there are few studies which examine targeted family-focused support when a family member is diagnosed with breast cancer. Thus, the aim of this study was to explore families’ experiences of participating in a family nursing intervention identified as Brief Family Health Conversations (BFamHC) following the diagnosis of breast cancer. Semi-structured family interviews were conducted with nine families (including 29 family members) 2 weeks following the family-focused intervention of three sessions of BFamHC. Thematic analysis was used to analyze the data. Families reported the BFamHC as positive and as a unique kind of family health conversation, one that afforded them the opportunity to communicate and share their experiences as a family group. A family conversation, even one as time-limited as BFamHC, offered a sense of relational sharing and togetherness, thus preventing feelings of isolation and vulnerability. Therapeutic family-focused conversations, such as BFamHC, hold promise as a useful family nursing intervention following the diagnosis of breast cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-336
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Family Nursing
Volume26
Issue number4
Early online date2020 Oct 28
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Nov 1

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Nursing
  • Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology

Keywords

  • breast cancer
  • Family Health Conversations
  • family nursing intervention
  • qualitative research

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