A critique of positive thinking for patients with cancer
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A critique of positive thinking for patients with cancer

Angela Tod Principal research fellow, Centre for Health and Social Care Research, Sheffield Hallam University
Clare Warnock Practice development sister, Weston Park Hospital, Specialist Cancer Services, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Peter Allmark Principal lecturer, Centre for Health and Social Care Research, Sheffield Hallam University

This article provides a critical reflection of the debate regarding the adoption of positive thinking in the care and recovery of patients with cancer. Positive thinking is an approach characterised by adopting a fighting spirit, taking control and being strong and brave. The association of positive thinking with a range of favourable outcomes has been challenged.

Nursing Standard. 25, 39,43-47. doi: 10.7748/ns2011.06.25.39.43.c8544

Correspondence

a.tod@shu.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review