Rinat Nissim

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Research is needed on the desire for hastened death (DHD) in the context of advanced cancer in order to address the clinical, ethical, and legal questions that it raises. The goal of the present qualitative study was to understand the experience of the DHD as expressed by individuals with advanced cancer, and to understand how it evolves over time.(More)
A longitudinal qualitative research study was undertaken to provide an understanding of a prolonged experience of advanced cancer, as seen through the eyes of dying individuals. Using a variant of the grounded theory method, the authors theoretically sampled, from outpatient clinics in a large comprehensive cancer treatment center, 27 patients with either(More)
BACKGROUND Advanced cancer brings substantial physical and psychosocial challenges that may contribute to emotional distress and diminish well-being. In this study, we present preliminary data concerning the effectiveness of a new brief individual psychotherapy, Managing Cancer And Living Meaningfully (CALM), designed to help individuals cope with this(More)
OBJECTIVE Although the Beck Hopelessness Scale is often used with the seriously ill, its factor structure has been given relatively little consideration in this context. METHODS The factor structure of this scale was examined in a sample of 406 ambulatory patients with advanced lung or gastrointestinal cancer, using a sequential exploratory-confirmatory(More)
Symptoms of traumatic stress are common in acute leukemia. The goal of the present qualitative study was to understand this traumatic stress, as perceived by patients. Participants were 43 patients with acute leukemia in Toronto, Canada. Participants were asked in serial interviews about their experience of diagnosis and treatment. A total of 65 interviews(More)
As volunteer support services for cancer patients evolve and seek to gain credibility and acceptance, it is important that these services be carefully evaluated. This paper describes findings from a research study conducted by the Healing Beyond the Body (HBB) program, a hospital-based volunteer psychosocial support service in a comprehensive cancer center(More)
BACKGROUND Although psychosocial care has been regarded as central to palliative and supportive care, there have been few empirically tested approaches to individual intervention. AIM The subjective experience of advanced cancer patients receiving a new manualized brief individual psychotherapy, referred to as Managing Cancer and Living Meaningfully(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this article is to provide a brief review of the empirical literature regarding the impact of advanced cancer on the marital relationship. The link between attachment, caregiving, and care-receiving behaviors are defined. Both are activated and challenged in this population because the continuity of the marital bond is threatened,(More)
BACKGROUND Death anxiety is important but understudied in palliative care. New self-report measurements have been developed, but their interpretation and clinical utility may not be evident. AIM To inform our understanding of death anxiety in patients with advanced cancer by exploring the relationship between this self-reported symptom and its clinical(More)