Supportive Care

Altruism—A Coping Mechanism for Patients on Clinical Trials: A Nursing Perspective

Judith Brown Sanders

Julia S. Seda

Carl G. Kardinal

coping, clinical trials, patient empowerment
CJON 2013, 17(5), 465-467. DOI: 10.1188/13.CJON.465-467

Altruism often is expressed by patients with advanced cancer as a coping mechanism and a motivational factor for participation in clinical trials. Those who participate develop a sense of hope that their life is a contribution, which may continue to live beyond their deaths.

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