Improvements in physical and mental health following a rehabilitation programme for breast cancer patients

Karolinska Institutet, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Division of Social Work, Södersjukhuset, Stockholm, Sweden.
European journal of oncology nursing: the official journal of European Oncology Nursing Society (Impact Factor: 1.79). 02/2011; 15(1):12-5. DOI: 10.1016/j.ejon.2010.05.004
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT To investigate how breast cancer patients referred to in-patient rehabilitation at Mösseberg Rehabilitation Centre (MRC) in Sweden perceive their life situation, and if their life satisfaction and mental health have changed three months later.
This prospective study is based on 46 women, all of them in working age. Three validated questionnaires were used, the Life Satisfaction (Li-Sat 11) scale, the Maastricht Questionnaire and the Shirom-Melamed Burnout Questionnaire (SMBQ).
Statistically significant improvements for the variables physical and mental health were seen in the measurements made using the Li-Sat 11 scale. The SMBQ survey showed a statistically significant improvement in the composite results for the indices involved. Likewise, the Maastricht Questionnaire showed statistically significant improvements in health status with respect to feelings of exhaustion and fatigue.
More effective treatments have resulted in an increase in the number of breast cancer survivors and in the demand for rehabilitation. This study shows improvements in health and satisfaction with health, but cannot conclude this result as only an effect of the rehabilitation programme. Since only a few studies have until now shed light on the benefits of in-patient rehabilitation following a breast cancer diagnosis, there is an urgent need for continued research in this area.

1 Follower
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: A pseudo-maximum likelihood data estimation (PML) algorithm for discrete channels with finite memory in additive white Gaussian noise is developed. Unlike the traditional methods which utilize the Viterbi algorithm (VA) for data sequence estimation, the PML algorithm offers an alternative solution to the problem which is much easier to implement. There is a tradeoff in the PML algorithm between computational complexity and performance. The performance of PML is compared with the optimum receiver (VA with known channel)
    Signals, Systems and Computers, 1994. 1994 Conference Record of the Twenty-Eighth Asilomar Conference on; 01/1994
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to compare the quality of life (Qol) of female breast cancer survivors who received rehabilitation intervention beside medical care and survivors who received medical care alone. Fifty-seven female breast cancer survivors were assigned to usual medical care (control group) or to usual medical care plus rehabilitation intervention (experimental group). Qol of all patients was assessed before, 1 week and 3 months after intervention. The intervention consisted of physiotherapy, education and individual counseling. The authors used the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer core questionnaire and breast module (EORTC QLQ-C30/BR23) for the assessment of Qol. Patients who received rehabilitation had significantly better Qol. Overall, mean of Qol scores improved gradually in experimental group from before to 1 week and 3 months after intervention. In contrast, minimal change was observed between pre/post and follow-up measures for control group. Rehabilitation after breast cancer treatment has the potential for physical, psychological and overall Qol benefits.
    Indian journal of medical and paediatric oncology 03/2010; 31(4-4):105. DOI:10.4103/0971-5851.76190
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Previous multivariate research found that satisfaction was associated positively with frequency of specifically penile-vaginal intercourse (PVI; as opposed to other sexual activities) as well as with vaginal orgasm. The contribution to satisfaction of simultaneous orgasm produced by PVI merited direct examination in a large representative sample. To examine the associations of aspects of satisfaction (sexual, life, own mental health, partner relationship) with consistency of simultaneous orgasm produced by PVI (as well as with PVI frequency and vaginal orgasm consistency). A representative sample of Czechs (N = 1,570) aged 35-65 years completed a survey on aspects of satisfaction, PVI frequency, vaginal orgasm consistency, and consistency of simultaneous orgasm produced by PVI (the latter being a specially timed version of vaginal orgasm for women). Analysis of variance of satisfaction components (LiSat scale items) from age and the sexual behaviors. For both sexes, all aspects of satisfaction were associated with simultaneous PVI orgasm consistency and with PVI frequency (except female life satisfaction). All aspects of satisfaction were also associated with vaginal orgasm consistency. Multivariate analyses indicated that PVI frequency and simultaneous orgasm consistency make independent contributions to the aspects of satisfaction for both sexes. For both sexes, PVI frequency and simultaneous orgasm produced by PVI (as well as vaginal orgasm for women) are associated with greater life, sexual, partnership, and mental health satisfaction. Greater support for these specific aspects of sexual activity is warranted.
    Journal of Sexual Medicine 12/2010; 8(3):734-41. DOI:10.1111/j.1743-6109.2010.02149.x · 3.15 Impact Factor
Show more