Meaning of Cancer and Hospice Among Health Service Providers: Conflict or Congruity?
This Q methodological study identified the subjective structure of the meaning of cancer and hospice and explored the relationship between the two concepts. Thirty-three participants completed a 33-item Q sort representing their understanding of cancer. And thirty-six participants completed a 30-iten Q sort representing their understanding of hospice. Four subjective factors for the meaning of cancer and five subjective factors for the meaning of hospice were identified. Factor interpretations are presented and compared. Several considerations for nursing educators and nurses involved in hospice care are discussed.