Summary of Attitudes. Graph illustrating the attitudes of patients and caregivers towards the seven identified themes. Attitudes were deemed to be in favour if they received a positive score (+2 or +1) according to our coding framework. Attitudes opposed were those that received negative scores (-2 or -1). A neutral score (0) was obtained if the participant was undecided, or if a question was not asked. Legend: Uniqueness – Brain Cancer is Unique; Strength – personal strength or lessons are derived from the illness experiences; Quality of Life – quality of life is more important than prolongation of life; Euthanasia – general attitude towards euthanasia; Religion – spirituality and/or religion play a role in coping with the illness; Mental Competence – a premium is placed on cognition, memory and mental competence over motor functioning; Talking – it is helpful to talk about the illness experience, and such studies are important.
Lipsman et al. BMC Palliative Care 2007 6:7 doi:10.1186/1472-684X-6-7