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Other title
Subject/Keyword
end of life
advanced cancer
sleep
caregivers
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Gagnon, Danielle, L
Supervisor and department
Dr. Karin Olson, Faculty of Nursing
Examining committee member and department
Dr. Wendy Duggleby, Faculty of Nursing
Dr. Mehrnoush Mirhosseini, Palliative Physician Alberta Health Services
Dr. Priscilla Koop, Arms length Examiner
Dr. Colleen Norris, Faculty of Nursing
Dr. Wendy Hall, External UofBC
Dr. Lynne Ray, Faculty of Nursing
Department
Faculty of Nursing
Specialization

Date accepted
2017-09-28T11:14:05Z
Graduation date
2017-11:Fall 2017
Degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Degree level
Doctoral
Abstract
End of life care for individuals with advanced cancer has moved from the clinical setting to the home setting. Family members thus have taken on the role of caregivers and must cope with the responsibilities and challenges of providing care. In order to support caregivers in this role, healthcare professionals need to understand the experience of caregivers. An important part of this role is a decline in sleep quality. The research question for this study was: how do current and bereaved primary caregivers of individuals with advanced cancer describe their experience of sleep quality in the context of caregiving? Using an interpretive description approach, interviews with ten current and bereaved caregivers were analyzed. Four themes related to sleep quality were identified: a) integrating caregiving with pre-caregiving activities, b) changes in sleep quality due to caregiving activities (being available; worried and afraid), c) really tired, and d) powering through. A novel finding of this study, “powering through,” explains how caregivers are able to persevere in their caregiving role despite the challenges of caregiving and marked declines in sleep quality.
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English
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doi:10.7939/R3M61C394
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This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private, scholarly or scientific research. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
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