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A Qualitative Systematic Review of the Experiences and Needs of Patients With Gliomas

Mengyuan Li

Qian Shi

Ling Yan

Li Tian

Haozheng Li

Junshuai Lu

Shuqing Xiao

gliomas, living experiences, quality of life, symptom burden, qualitative research
ONF 2020, 47(5), E120-E130. DOI: 10.1188/20.ONF.E120-E130

Problem Identification: With poor prognosis and debilitating symptoms, gliomas affect not only patients’ physical health, but also their psychological well-being. A systematic review was conducted to explore the experiences, needs, and coping mechanisms of adult patients with gliomas.

Literature Search: A literature search was performed in Cochrane Library, PubMed®, Embase®, MEDLINE®, Scopus®, PsycINFO®, CINAHL®, CNKI, and Wan Fang for studies published from January 1999 to December 2019.

Data Evaluation: The selected studies were assessed by two independent reviewers to determine methodologic quality. Meta-aggregation was used to synthesize the findings.

Synthesis: Three overarching themes were developed: (a) the impact of gliomas on daily life, (b) emotional changes, and (c) the recognized need to move on. Findings from each study were categorized into 12 subthemes.

Implications for Practice: The findings from this systematic review provide data related to the experiences of patients with gliomas, which can inform practice changes and interventions aimed at enhancing patients’ quality of life.

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