Improvements in physical and mental health following a rehabilitation programme for breast cancer patients
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.
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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:10.4103/0971-5851.76190This article is viewable in ResearchGate's enriched formatRG Format enables you to read in context with side-by-side figures, citations, and feedback from experts in your field.
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ABSTRACT: Cancer support and rehabilitation are suggested to be an integral part of cancer care strategies. This study focuses on comparativeness of cancer support and rehabilitation programmes. The aim of this study was to analyse available cancer support and rehabilitation programmes in Sweden presented as complementary to cancer rehabilitation at cancer clinics. A multiple case study design was chosen in order to inquire the small number of existing supportive and rehabilitative cancer programmes. Based on the structures, processes and outcomes of the nine included programmes, three types of cancer support and rehabilitation programmes were identified: multimodal rehabilitation, comprehensive cancer support and art therapy. Cancer support and rehabilitation programmes offer a variety of activities and therapies which are highly valuable and relevant for people with cancer. The typology of cancer support and rehabilitation programmes and comparability between programmes need further inquiry.The Open Nursing Journal 01/2014; 8:1-7. DOI:10.2174/1874434601408010001This article is viewable in ResearchGate's enriched formatRG Format enables you to read in context with side-by-side figures, citations, and feedback from experts in your field.
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ABSTRACT: A cancer diagnosis affects patients' quality of life (QOL) as well as their pursuit of life goals. However, numerous studies have shown surprisingly stable QOL measures in cancer patients over time. We propose that life goal adjustment can act as the missing link in explaining this response shift. Thus, the aim of this study was to examine associations between life goal adjustment and patients' QOL at baseline and over the course of 20 months. Eighty-six cancer patients were recruited during rehabilitation and reassessed at follow-up 20 months later. Life goals were measured using the Life Goals Questionnaire and analyzed in relation to global QOL as assessed with the World Health Organization Quality of Life Questionnaire - Short Form. The overall attainment of life goals was associated with QOL. Moreover, over a period of 20 months, perceived QOL and goal attainment remained stable, whereas importance of life goals decreased. Lesser importance and improved goal attainment were predictors of increases in QOL. Results suggest that downgrading unattainable goals and making more progress in accomplishing attainable goals may be possible mechanisms of response shift as an adaption to illness. Thus, integrating life goal adjustment into rehabilitation services for cancer patients seems to be worthwhile to enhance an adaptive self-regulation and QOL. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.Psycho-Oncology 04/2014; 23(10). DOI:10.1002/pon.3538 · 4.04 Impact Factor