Examining the transitions between living and dying roles at end-of-life

Lowrie, Daniel, Ray, Robin, Plummer, David, and Yau, Matthew (2019) Examining the transitions between living and dying roles at end-of-life. Death Studies, 43 (10). pp. 601-610.

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Improvements in the diagnosis and disclosure of dying mean that nowadays dying people typically live with an awareness of their status for longer than they have previously. However, little is known regarding how transitions between living and dying roles occur during this time. In this grounded theory study, we investigated role transitions at end-of-life. We found that dying people periodically foreground and background living and dying selfhoods, focus on living day-by-day and goal-by-goal and reframe dying roles with an orientation to living. We argue that with better understanding of role transitions at end-of-life more compassionate and responsive care becomes possible.

Item ID: 56782
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1091-7683
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A version of this publication was included as Chapter 4 of the following PhD thesis: Lowrie, Daniel Leslie (2020) An examination of the process of role change at end of life in a contemporary, regional Australian context. PhD thesis, James Cook University, which is available Open Access in ResearchOnline@JCU. Please see the Related URLs for access.

Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2019 05:45
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