Purpose: To understand the meaning and impact for adult patients with cancer (past or present) of creating a digital story related to their cancer experience.
Participants & Setting: 10 participants made digital stories with the help of a research assistant trained in digital storytelling. This research took place in a large, urban center in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Methodologic Approach: This research was done in the tradition of philosophical hermeneutics. Ten one-on-one interviews were conducted, and data were analyzed using an interpretive qualitative methodology.
Findings: Findings revealed that digital stories were cathartic; reconnected individuals with family, friends, and parts of their lives that had been interrupted from cancer therapy; helped participants reflect in a way that was often described as therapeutic; and bridged communication with others about their cancer experiences.
Implications for Nursing: Digital stories can be used to highlight the immense psychosocial impact of cancer and point healthcare professionals and other researchers toward creative and nontraditional ways to address this issue.