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Psychological Coping Strategies of Clinical Medical Oncologists


This work, aimed at characterizing psychological coping strategies used by clinical oncologists. Twelve clinical oncologists who worked in Southern Brazil were observed and interviewed. The analysis, based on Grounded Theory, resulted in six categories based on the theory of psychological coping: (a) Problem focused; (b) Emotion focused; (c) Religiosity / Spirituality; (d) Social support; (e) Combined strategy; and (f) Self-evaluation of the strategies used. The results indicate that the coping strategies of these professionals are diverse, which highlights the need for self-reflection and social support that may favor a better adaptation to the demands of the profession, requirements and the recognition of emotional distress that affect the oncologist practice.

psyco-oncology; oncology; medical personnel; coping behavior; coping

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