Coping in men with prostate cancer and their partners: a quantitative and qualitative study

Green, H.J., Wells, D.J.N., and Laakso, L. (2011) Coping in men with prostate cancer and their partners: a quantitative and qualitative study. European Journal of Cancer Care, 20 (2). pp. 237-247.

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This study investigated coping and quality of life in men with prostate cancer (n = 105, 48-86 years of age) and their partners (n = 85, 48-84 years). Participants completed the Abbreviated Dyadic Adjustment Scale, Brief COPE, European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer Core Quality of Life Questionnaire (QLQ-C30) and open-ended questions on appraisal and coping. Multivariate analyses showed that better quality of life was associated with higher education levels (role functioning and fatigue), lower avoidant coping (emotional, social, and physical functioning and fatigue), and higher relationship satisfaction (emotional functioning). Use of medication or combined treatments was associated with worse physical and role functioning. Partners reported similar quality of life for patients as the patient ratings, except that partners reported patients' emotional functioning as significantly worse and social functioning as significantly better than the patients' own ratings. Patients and partners reported both positive and negative aspects to prostate cancer, and mentioned a range of coping strategies. Similarities between patients and partners in their responses to prostate cancer were identified using both quantitative and qualitative methods. Some differences within dyads were also noted and previous suggestions to incorporate partners and significant others in education and treatment were supported.

Item ID: 21750
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1365-2354
Keywords: cancer; carers; quality of life; prostate cancer; psychological; social
Date Deposited: 21 May 2012 05:34
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1112 Oncology and Carcinogenesis > 111202 Cancer Diagnosis @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111710 Health Counselling @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920505 Mens Health @ 50%
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