Metacommunication process during a 3-day digital storytelling workshop for patients recovering from hematopoietic cell transplantation A qualitative approach

Wonsun Kim, Olga Idriss Davis, Linda Larkey, Shelby Langer, Bin Suh, Nicole Hoffmann, Ramesh Devi Thakur, Nandita Khera

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to qualitatively analyze metacommunication during the digital storytelling (DST) workshop process for patients undergoing hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). Methods: HCT survivors who had undergone transplant within the past 2 years were recruited at a cancer center in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. Participants (M age=51.5 years) attended a 3-day DST workshop telling and creating digital stories around their HCT experiences. Using a constructivist grounded theory approach, line by line coding and content analysis were conducted with four research team members. Results: Four themes emerged from the data: (1) communal connection; (2) expressing and processing emotions; (3) self-empowerment; and (4) multi-dimensional coping. Participants described telling and sharing their story with other HCT patients as therapeutic. Conclusion: DST shows promise as a potential coping tool and offers multiple dimensions of the role of narrative as a coping technique, in community building, and in patient-centered contexts within HCT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)359-380
Number of pages22
JournalNarrative Inquiry
Volume31
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 12 2021

Keywords

  • Bone marrow transplantation
  • Digital storytelling
  • Distress coping
  • Metacommunication
  • Narrative
  • Qualitative
  • Stem cell transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • History
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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