Acıbadem Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Dergisi 2020 , Vol 11, Issue 3
Nursing Care of Patient With Cancer Diagnosis According To Merle Mishel"s Theory of Uncertainty In Illness: a Case Report
Derya Çınar1,Yasemin Yıldırım2,Fisun Şenuzun Aykar2
1İzmir Bakırçay Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi, Hemşirelik Bölümü, İzmir, Türkiye
2Ege Üniversitesi, Hemşirelik Fakültesi, İzmir, Türkiye
DOI : 10.31067/0.2020.306 Diagnosis of cancer, limited and shocking treatment options, the experience of loss, fear of recurrence and an uncertain life expectancy can lead patients to experience obscurity and high uncertainty. Uncertainty is an important component of the cancer experience and can dramatically affect the results of the patient"s illness. Mishel"s Uncertainty in Illness Theory; by providing uncertainty as a conceptual framework in diseases, it forms the basis and provides guidance for holistic care. The Uncertainty in Illness Theory (UIT) is an approach that helps to eliminate uncertainty in the patient and use coping mechanisms. The role of nurses to contribute to the management of uncertainty related to the disease; is to facilitate the process, to strengthen the patient with healthy responses.

In this case report; a nursing care process was planned in a 66-years-old female patient with the diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer treated in the Palliative Care Unit within the scope of Mishel"s Uncertainty in Illness Nursing Theory. At the same time; this theory, which allows for supportive and holistic nursing approaches and guidance, is intended to be easily applied clinically. Keywords : Cancer, illness, nursing