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Psychosocial determinants of well-being in gynecologic cancer patients
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Psychiatry.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
1999 (English)In: Cancer Nursing, ISSN 0162-220X, E-ISSN 1538-9804, Vol. 22, no 4, 303-306 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study was to investigate the well-being of women with endometrial versus cervical cancer before treatment, and its determinants at 12 to 15 months follow-up. The subjects were interviewed before treatment, then 6 and 12 to 15 months after initiation of treatment. Simultaneously, they completed questionnaires on psychological symptoms and social support. It appeared that well-being at baseline and at the follow-ups were highly correlated. Furthermore, cervical cancer patients reported significantly more symptoms on all occasions. After discriminant function analysis, the following three variables remained in the analysis: (a) well-being before treatment, (b) diagnosis, and (c) children at home. This allowed 81% of the patients to be classified as having a favorable versus an unfavorable outcome. The results of this study highlight the importance of well-being before treatment as a predictor of well-being after treatment. The necessity of individualized intervention measures is warranted.

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1999. Vol. 22, no 4, 303-306 p.
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Cervical cancer, Endometrial cancer, Psychosocial, Well-being
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-41787PubMedID: 10452207OAI: diva2:410268
Available from: 2011-04-13 Created: 2011-04-01 Last updated: 2011-05-30Bibliographically approved

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