Balderson, Neil and Towell, Anthony (2003) The prevalence and predictors of psychological distress in men with prostate cancer who are seeking support. British Journal of Health Psychology, 8 (2). pp. 125-134. ISSN 1359-107X
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1348/135910703321649114
Objective: The incidence of prostate cancer has risen sharply in the last decade, yet knowledge about the psychological health of men with this disease is still limited. A study was therefore undertaken to identify (1) the prevalence of psychological distress in these males, and (2) factors predicting psychological distress. Design: Retrospective cross-sectional survey design by means of a self-administered questionnaire. Method: A sample of 94 men with various stages of prostate cancer completed the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Prostate Instrument (FACT-P), the Hospital Anxiety Depression Scale (HADS) and items measuring satisfaction with medical care. Results: We detected a prevalence rate of 38% of participants reporting psychological distress corresponding to a HADS cut-off score at or above 15. A standard multivariate regression analysis revealed social/family well-being, physical well-being and functional well-being as significant inverse predictors of psychological distress. Conclusions: Health professionals should be aware of the potential for psychological distress in patients exhibiting poor physical functioning and those with apparent deficits in social or family support in this under-studied group of patients. Strategies for psychosocial intervention are implied.
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|Deposited On:||29 Nov 2005|
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