Journal of Psychosocial Oncology (J Psychosoc Oncol)

Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Journal description

Now in its eighteenth exciting year of publication, the Journal of Psychosocial Oncology is the first multidisciplinary journal published specifically for health professionals responsible for the psychosocial needs of cancer patients and their families. This forum provides for the rapid publication of new clinical and research material to help advance clinical and helping skills, as well as exploratory, hypothesis testing, and program evaluation research on such critical areas as the stigma of cancer, employment and personal problems facing cancer patients, patient education, family involvement in patient care, children with cancer, psychosocial needs of cancer patients, hospital and hospice staff, and volunteers. The journal covers all aspects of psychosocial care of the cancer patient from infancy through geriatrics. The distinguished editorial board includes representatives from many different fields in psychosocial oncology, including education, epidemiology, health advocacy, medical oncology, neurology, nursing, nutrition, pastoral counseling, physical therapy, psychiatry, psychology, public health, social work, sociology, and surgical oncology. Special columns and sections featured in the Journal of Psychosocial Oncology include: discussions of current ethical, philosophical, and existential issues for the psychosocial oncology specialist; a column on research issues, strategies, and methodologies in psychosocial oncology; announcements of current meetings, symposia, and courses offered in psychosocial oncology; book reviews that highlight important, new book-length works dealing with specific areas of psychosocial oncology; a selective bibliography of psychosocial oncology articles appearing in other journals.

Current impact factor: 1.04

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Additional details

5-year impact 1.38
Cited half-life 9.20
Immediacy index 0.09
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.46
Website Journal of Psychosocial Oncology website
Other titles Journal of psychosocial oncology (Online), Journal of psychosocial oncology
ISSN 1540-7586
OCLC 50132408
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: This study was conducted to identify the burden care and quality of life of caregivers of leukemia and lymphoma patients who had undergone peripheric stem cell transplantation. The sample consisted of 123 patient caregivers, all of whom were relatives. Data were collected using a survey, the Burden Interview, and the Caregiver Quality of Life Index Cancer Scale. Data evaluation was done using correlation analysis, Kruskall Wallis, and Mann-Whitney U tests. Factors that were significantly associated with quality of life and care burden perception included caring for an older patient, patient dependence for daily activities, and having low economic status.
    Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 03/2015; DOI:10.1080/07347332.2015.1019660
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    ABSTRACT: Employment issues for cancer survivors (CS) were investigated from the perspective of Northern Ireland government general employment advisors. An e-survey was designed and developed based on the results of a scoping search of journal articles, previously validated questionnaires and relevant related surveys; discussions of draft versions of the e-survey and method with lead representatives of stakeholder organisations; and a pilot study with seven prospective respondents. The e-survey and subsequent reminder to employment advisors were distributed internally by the government employment advisory agency. The e-survey was completed by 78/156 (50%) advisors, the majority of whom (74%) received a request for advice in the last year from at least one CS. Most CS used the employment service less than one year (52%) or one year or more after treatment (32%). Fatigue was the most commonly reported barrier to returning to work (10%) and staying in work (14%); and a supportive employer was the top facilitating factor in returning to (21%), and continuing in (27%), employment. Although most advisors had a positive attitude about a CS's capacity to return-to-work, half were uncertain about how best to advise cancer survivors.
    Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 03/2015; DOI:10.1080/07347332.2015.1019658
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose. The goal of this study was to examine differences in physical functioning limitations among African-American and white breast cancer survivors. Methods. Data were analyzed from 724 African-American and 116 white breast cancer survivors who responded to a hospital registry-based survey. Physical functioning limitations were assessed using a series of eight questions in which individuals were asked about their ability to perform a physical task such as walking a quarter of a mile. A four category summary score, representing overall severity of limitation, was created using participant responses to the eight questions. Ordinal logistic regression was used to estimate the odds ratio (OR) and 95% confidence interval (CI) for the association between race and physical functioning limitation adjusted for potential confounders. Results. In the unadjusted model, the African-American breast cancer survivors were more than twice as likely to have a greater degree of physical functioning limitation compared to their white counterparts (OR 2.29; 95% CI 1.57, 3.34). After adjustment for covariates, including body mass index (BMI), the race OR was further attenuated and no longer statistically significant (OR 1.55; 95% CI 0.99, 2.44). Conclusions. Findings from this study showed that African-American breast cancer survivors were more likely to have worse physical functioning limitations than their white counterparts; however, much of this disparity was due to racial differences in other variables such as BMI. Future research should focus on effective interventions targeting modifiable risk factors of physical functioning limitations among breast cancer survivors with the goal of improving quality of life.
    Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 03/2015; DOI:10.1080/07347332.2015.1019661
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    ABSTRACT: Fear of cancer recurrence (FCR) and sleep disturbance are identified as top psychosocial concerns in cancer survivorship, yet few studies have explored the association between these two factors. Using data from a study of 67 cancer survivors, hierarchical logistic regression models examined the relationships between socio-demographic characteristics, FCR, and sleep disturbance. More than half of survivors reported poor sleep quality; those with some college education and those with higher levels of FCR were at greater risk for poor sleep. These findings provide formative data for oncology social workers to implement interventions that target FCR as a strategy for improving sleep.
    Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 03/2015; DOI:10.1080/07347332.2015.1020586
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: Adaptation is an ongoing, cognitive process with continuous appraisal of the cancer experience by the survivor. This exploratory study tested a path model examining the personal (demographic, disease, and psychosocial) characteristics associated with quality of life (QOL) and whether or not adaptation to living with cancer may mediate these effects. Methods: This study employed path analysis to estimate adaptation to cancer. A cross sectional sample of NHL survivors (N=750) was used to test the model. Eligible participants were >18 years, at least two years post-diagnosis, and living with or without active disease. Results: 68% of the variance was accounted for in QOL. The strongest effect (-0.596) was direct by negative adaptation, approximately three times that of positive adaptation (0.193). The strongest demographic total effects on QOL were age and social support; <65 years of age had better QOL and better adaptation compared to those >65. Of the disease characteristics, comorbidity score had the strongest direct effect on QOL; each additional comorbidity was associated with a 0.309 standard deviation decline on QOL. There were no fully mediated effects through positive adaptation alone. Our exploratory findings support the coexistence of positive and negative adaptations perception as mediators of personal characteristics of the cancer experience. Negative adaptation can affect QOL in a positive way. Cancer survivorship is simultaneously shaped by both positive and negative adaptation with future research and implications for practice aimed at improving QOL.
    Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 03/2015; DOI:10.1080/07347332.2015.1020978
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    ABSTRACT: It appears from empirical studies that the problem solving ability of patients is associated with the experience of distress and the patients' mental state. The goals of this study were the (1) conception and (2) associated evaluation of the psychological short-time intervention "Problem Solving Training" (PST) for patients hospitalised for Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT). (1) The conception of the PST comprised a multistage development phase. An existing manual for outpatients diagnosed with cancer was adapted to the specific situation of a HSCT. This was followed by development of a manual, definition of the general framework, instruction of coaches and implementation in a hospital setting. (2) The associated evaluation of PST was conducted from the patients' and the coaches' point of view. A total of 22 patients and five coaches evaluated the training. The training was evaluated by both patients and coaches as being well achievable with the exception of a limited time frame for the first module. The manual explanations were judged to be intelligible by all participants. Regarding on-topic alertness, patients were, on average, rated as "rather "to "very attentive". The patients evaluated the response to their needs as "good". They further assessed their overall condition due to the training as "good". This study provides preliminary evidence for the feasibility of PST by using the developed manual ("Psychological Short-term Intervention PST for Patients during HSCT"). Based on this, it is conceivable to implement this intervention in similar situations to the advantage of a different patient clientele.
    Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 03/2015; DOI:10.1080/07347332.2015.1019659
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    ABSTRACT: Axillary lymph node dissection and axillary radiation as part of breast cancer treatment often result in arm and shoulder morbidity and limitations in daily functioning. Over and above the general benefits for cardiorespiratory fitness, Nordic Walking particularly targets at the muscles of the upper extremities and shoulder. This may increase shoulder range of motion and lead to a reduction in functional limitations. The aim of this study was to offer a Nordic Walking intervention to women after treatment for breast cancer and to investigate changes in subjective well-being and shoulder function. Three supervised Nordic Walking courses were organized (2009-2011). The intervention consisted of ten weekly 1-hour sessions focusing on upper body strength and condition. In total, twenty-eight women participated in one of the cohorts. Results showed that after ten weeks, patients' vitality had improved, whereas perceived shoulder symptom severity and limitations in daily activities had decreased. Goniometric data indicated that range of motion (forward flexion, abduction and external rotation) of the affected shoulder improved significantly within ten weeks of training. Group interviews at six months follow-up confirmed that patients had appreciated the physical and psychosocial benefits of the intervention. These benefits outweighed the practical disadvantages. Patient selection, assessment and training should take place under (para-)medical supervision and group instructors should have the knowledge and skills to work with a group of recent cancer survivors. Results from this explorative study suggest that Nordic Walking is a feasible and potentially valuable tool in the rehabilitation of patients with breast cancer.
    Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 03/2015; DOI:10.1080/07347332.2015.1020465
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    ABSTRACT: Using in-depth interviews, this paper explores the nature and sources of cancer-specific distress among 51 post-treatment adult Leukemia and Lymphoma Survivors (LLS), focusing on the role of lifespan stage in shaping reported stressors. LLS (all ages) reported physical after-effects of cancer treatment, with reported sources of emotional and financial distress varying by lifespan stage. Young adult survivors (18-39) reported a greater number of distress sources. Distress may persist up to four years post-treatment, particularly among younger LLS, who appear to be at greater risk of distress in multiple domains.
    Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 02/2015; DOI:10.1080/07347332.2014.1002658
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract The purpose of this research was to develop and pilot test an intervention to optimize functional recovery for breast cancer survivors. Over two studies, 31 women enrolled in a goal-setting program via telephone. All eligible women enrolled (37% of those screened) and 66% completed all study activities. Completers were highly satisfied with the intervention, using it to address, on average, four different challenging activities. The longitudinal analysis showed a main effect of time for overall quality of life (F(5, 43.1) = 5.1, p = 0.001) and improvements in active coping (F (3, 31.7) = 4.9, p = 0.007), planning (F (3, 36.0) = 4.1, p = 0.01), reframing (F (3, 29.3) = 8.5, p < 0.001), and decreases in self-blame (F (3,31.6) = 4.3, p = 0.01). The intervention is feasible and warrants further study to determine its efficacy in fostering recovery and maximizing activity engagement after cancer treatment.
    Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 02/2015; DOI:10.1080/07347332.2014.1002659
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    ABSTRACT: ABSTRACT This study assessed psychological morbidity and resilience, including the subjective burden of 76 caregivers of elderly cancer survivors utilizing a cross-sectional questionnaire. Participants were mainly elderly female spouses, sole-caregiving > 35 hours per week; 19.1% and 23.6% reported moderate or greater anxiety and depression, respectively. A significant regression model found depression, emotion-focused coping, and greater years since diagnosis as significant predictors of subjective caregiver burden. Thus, caregiving appears a dominant role for this group and the Brief Assessment Scale for Caregivers of the Medically Ill (BASC) appears to be an efficient screening tool for psychological morbidity in this under-supported group.
    Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 02/2015; DOI:10.1080/07347332.2014.1002657
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract This study describes the development of a supportive group-based intervention for family caregivers of newly diagnosed leukemia patients. We assessed the feasibility, acceptability and efficacy of the group on caregiver distress and quality of life, as well as patient distress utilizing a sequential cohort design comparing a pre-intervention control group with the intervention group. Patients and caregiver dyads completed measures at four time points: within one week of diagnosis (T1), two week follow-up (T2), six week follow-up (T3) and twelve week follow-up (T4). Significant interaction effects were observed for both caregiver distress and quality of life, whereby those receiving the intervention demonstrated improved quality of life and reduced distress over time. Overall, results support the acceptability, feasibility and preliminary efficacy of the group intervention.
    Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 01/2015; DOI:10.1080/07347332.2014.992086
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    ABSTRACT: ABSTRACT This paper examines predictors of cancer-specific distress among post-treatment adult Leukemia and Lymphoma Survivors (LLS). Using a survey mailed to LLS in the Colorado Central Cancer Registry (n=477), the authors developed a multivariable risk profile for distress. 31% of LLS reported indicators of distress. Significantly higher distress was associated with younger age (p=0.008) in bivariate analyses. The risk profile included fear of recurrence, financial burden and younger age. Distress did not attenuate based on time since treatment completion and may persist up to four years post-treatment, suggesting a need for intervention, particularly among high risk LLS.
    Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 01/2015; DOI:10.1080/07347332.2014.992085
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract This study aims to determine the psychosocial correlates of self-reported adherence to cancer treatment appointments and treatment delays and interruptions. The sample included 622 immigrant cancer patients from New York City. Patients completed a survey which included sociodemographic, health-related and questions assessing missed appointments and delays/or interruptions, and quality of life and depression scales. After controlling for sociodemographic characteristics, having a positive depression screen, poor physical and emotional well-being were significant predictors of missed appointments and delays and/or interruptions of treatment. Non-adherence to treatment appointments in immigrant cancer patients is a complex outcome related to important modifiable or treatable factors.
    Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 01/2015; DOI:10.1080/07347332.2014.992084
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract While the UK charity Breast Cancer Care has extensive resources for women with breast cancer, this research partnership developed the first resource driven and informed by primary research with these women; exploring their needs and developing the resource according to need. Data were collected from focus groups with breast cancer survivors and telephone interviews with health professionals and experts, which explored the needs of women after primary cancer treatment and were analysed using thematic analysis. As well as information, these women needed resources to help them regain control over life, adapt to a changed body and restore lost confidence.
    Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 11/2014; 33(1). DOI:10.1080/07347332.2014.977414
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Women hold diverse beliefs about cancer etiology, potentially affecting their use of cancer preventive behaviors. To date, research has greatly focused on the causal attributions cancer patients and survivors hold about cancer, and studies have been conducted primarily with White participants. Less is known about causal attributions held by women with and without a family history of cancer from a diverse community sample. This study sought to identify cancer causal attributions of women with and without a family history of cancer, and explore its relation to socio-cultural factors. Diverse women (60% African-American) recruited at an urban, safety-net women's health clinic (N = 471) reported factors they believed cause cancer. Responses were coded into nine attributions and analyzed using chi-squares and logistic regressions. Lifestyle-choices (63%), genetics/heredity (34%), and environmental-exposures (19%) were the top causal attributions identified. Women without a family history of cancer were more likely to identify genetics/heredity as an attribution for cancer than women with a history of cancer in their families. Women who identified as White, who had a higher educational attainment, and had commercial insurance were more likely to report genetics/heredity as a causal attribution for cancer. These findings suggest that socio-cultural factors may play a role in the causal attributions individuals make about cancer, which can, in turn, inform cancer awareness and prevention messages.
    Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 11/2014; 33(1). DOI:10.1080/07347332.2014.977419
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Caregivers of cancer survivors face many burdens that often require treatment by mental health professionals. One intervention, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, aims to help individuals change the ways in which they relate to their thoughts rather than changing their thoughts. In this manuscript, we discuss the use and adaption of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy with caregivers of cancer survivors as a way to decrease caregiver burden and increase caregiver quality of life. A session-by-session breakdown of how to tailor Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy to caregivers of cancer survivors is provided.
    Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 11/2014; 33(1). DOI:10.1080/07347332.2014.977418
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    ABSTRACT: ABSTRACT Distress is common in patients with gastrointestinal (GI) cancers. Most conventional scales are too long for routine clinic use. We tested the Emotion Thermometers (ET) tool, a brief visual-analogue scale. There are four emotional upset thermometers: distress, anxiety, depression, and anger. 69 surgical patients were recruited from an academic hospital clinic in 2012; 64 had complete data for Beck Depression Inventory and ET. The sample size was modest due to the specialist nature of the sample. We examined sensitivity, specificity and area under the receiver-operator-curve. A dimensional multi-domain approach to screening for emotional disorders is preferable to using the distress thermometer alone and can be achieved with little extra time burden to clinicians. The ET is a diagnostic tool which is primarily designed for screening to identify cancer patients who would benefit by enhanced psychosocial care.
    Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 11/2014; 33(1). DOI:10.1080/07347332.2014.977415