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Trajectory of parental hope when a child has difficult-to-treat cancer: a prospective qualitative study.
We prospectively recruited parents of pediatric cancer patients with a poor prognosis who were treated in the Hematology/Oncology Program at a large children's hospital for this longitudinal grounded theory study. Parents were interviewed at three time points: within 3 months of the initial diagnosi...
Predicting outcomes of vocational rehabilitation in patients with brain tumours.
The aim of this study was to examine the outcome of a vocational rehabilitation programme for patients with brain tumours and to determine whether the outcome could be predicted at point of referral to the service. Data was collected for 34 patients with brain tumours referred to the Macmillan vocat...
Psycho-educational interventions for melanoma survivors: a systematic review.
To systematically review psycho-educational interventions developed for melanoma survivors. Electronic databases Medline, PsycINFO, Embase, and CINAHL were systematically searched using key words and subject headings for articles describing educational or psychological interventions designed specifi...
Truth telling in medical practice: students' opinions versus their observations of attending physicians' clinical practice.
Truth telling or transmitting bad news is a problem that all doctors must frequently face. The purpose of this cross-sectional study was to investigate if medical students' opinions of truth telling differed from their observations of attending physicians' actual clinical practice. The subjects were...
Quality of life and sexual functioning in young women with early-stage breast cancer 1 year after lumpectomy.
I or II BC and 204 age-matched controls aged 25-45 years were recruited. To be eligible, patients had to be disease-free and sexually active. They also had to have undergone lumpectomy at least 1 year previously and have completed chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy. Subjects completed Female Sexual Fu...
Health-related quality of life in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma: the mediation effects of illness perceptions and coping.
We report the following: (1) differences in HRQOL between patients with HCC and the general population; (2) significant physical and psychological predictors of HRQOL; and (3) mediation effects of illness perceptions and coping on HRQOL. Patients with HCC (n = 286) from Taiwan completed standardized...
Couples facing advanced cancer: examination of an interdependent relational system.
The model fit was adequate. Patient distress was related to disease burden (standardized path coefficient = 0.52) and patient social relatedness (-0.32). Caregiver distress was related to caregiving burden (0.21) and caregiver social relatedness (-0.51). Caregiving burden was related to patient...
Internet-based program for coping with cancer: a randomized controlled trial with hematologic cancer patients.
Psychosocial patient care in oncology is no longer limited to the inpatient setting. Outpatient services are in demand. Internet-based interventions could aid in optimizing service delivery across disciplines. The effectiveness of an Internet-based program for hematologic cancer patients was tested...
A randomised, wait-list controlled trial: evaluation of a cognitive-behavioural group intervention on psycho-sexual adjustment for men with ...
Paired samples t-tests identified a significant improvement in sexual confidence, masculine self-esteem, sexual drive/relationship and a significant decline in sexual behaviour from pre-intervention to post-intervention. Hierarchical regression analyses revealed that after controlling for covariates...
Prescription patterns for psychotropic drugs in cancer patients; a large population study in the Netherlands.
We aim to examine the prescription pattern in cancer patients of three common psychotropic drugs: benzodiazepine, antidepressant and antipsychotic. This is a retrospective case-control study. Data were extracted from the Agis Health Database. This insurance database contains the healthcare consumpti...