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Dimensions of quality of life and psychosocial variables most salient to colorectal cancer patients

Dunn, Jeff, Lynch, Brigid, Rinaldis, Machelle, Pakenham, Kenneth, McPherson, Lyn, Owen, Neville, Leggett, Barbara, Newman, Beth M., & Aitken, Joanne (2006) Dimensions of quality of life and psychosocial variables most salient to colorectal cancer patients. Psycho-Oncology: Journal of the Psychological, Social and Behavioural Dimensions of Cancer, 15(1), pp. 20-30.

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Abstract

Colorectal cancer is one of the most common invasive cancers, and is responsible for considerable physical and psychosocial morbidity. Understanding the quality of life experienced by colorectal cancer patients is essential for evaluating the full impact of the disease on individuals, their families and their communities. Patient perspective is essential in establishing a proper understanding of the quality of life of colorectal cancer patients. Despite this, few studies have employed a qualitative methodology to explore quality of life issues for colorectal cancer patients. A review of the literature identified only seven qualitative studies pertaining to quality of life issues for colorectal cancer patients, a surprising finding given the prevalence of this cancer. Accordingly, this study sought to build on the findings of previous qualitative research by providing descriptive data on the quality of life and psychosocial variables most salient to colorectal cancer patients. Six core themes emerged from interview and focus group data: Satisfaction with diagnosis and treatment; support (including information provision); quality of life; benefits of diagnosis; making sense of the cancer experience; and coping strategies. The information derived from this study will help inform the development of supportive care services to address the needs of the increasing number of people diagnosed with colorectal cancer.

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ID Code: 10630
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: quality of life • colorectal cancer • benefit finding • coping
DOI: 10.1002/pon.919
ISSN: 1099-1611
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Health Counselling (111710)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Health and Community Services (111708)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > ONCOLOGY AND CARCINOGENESIS (111200) > Oncology and Carcinogenesis not elsewhere classified (111299)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 John Wiley & Sons
Deposited On: 09 Nov 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:24

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