I'm doing the data analysis for my MSc thesis as the moment. The research is
about the experience of people with cancer of occupational therapy. One of the
themes that seems to be emerging is the participants' experience of the 'double
whammy' (to quote one of the participants), of being diagnosed with cancer and
coping with the associated disability, for example:
"Because even if I felt ever so well, I was still disabled. I mean you could
have cancer that went into remission, and you were fine. Whereas, however I
felt, I was still in a wheelchair. ... In fact one of the things I really
noticed, I felt I didn't have a peer group. I mean I obvioulsy did for the
cancer side (through contact with hospice, both as an in-patient, and attending
the day centre weekly), so you have people you can talk to about that side of
it. There are some people here (hospice) who are disabled to some degree, but
there didn't seem to be anybody who was in quite the same position as I was,
paraplegic and in a self propelling wheelchair."
Is anyone aware of key papers which support (or refute, for that matter) the
contention that peer support is beneficial to people when they become disabled?
My searches (Pubmed & Cinahl so far) are proving fruitless.
Any ideas, however tangential, very welcome!
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