Janine porter-steele

Janine porter-steele
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PhD

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Background The residual effects of cancer and its treatment can profoundly affect women’s quality of life. This paper presents results from a multisite randomized controlled trial that evaluated the clinical benefits of an e-health enabled health promotion intervention (the Women’s Wellness after Cancer Program or WWACP) on the health-related quali...
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Background Younger women (defined as those < 50 years who are likely pre-menopausal at time of diagnosis) with breast cancer often experience persistent treatment-related side effects that adversely affect their physical and psychological wellbeing. The Women’s Wellness After Cancer Program (WWACP) was adapted and piloted in Australia to address th...
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Background: We aimed to determine the psychometric properties and factor structure of the 19-item Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) in 132 sexually active women previously treated for breast cancer. Methods: Confirmatory factor analysis explored three models: (a) second-order six-factor, (b) six-factor, and (c) five-factor models combining the...
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Objectives This paper examines the utility of a common climacteric symptoms scale, the Greene Climacteric Scale (GCS), in two groups of women with a history of breast cancer, those who were at menopause before commencing breast cancer treatment, and those who were not. Study design This pooled analysis of 297 women previously diagnosed with breast...
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Background Midlife adults are at increased risk of noncommunicable disease due to the lifetime cumulative effect of unhealthy behaviours and increased prevalence of overweight and obesity. Aim This study evaluates preliminary effectiveness and feasibility of an eHealth intervention (GroWell for Health Program) designed for primary prevention of mo...
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Objective Generic distress screening tools may not recognise the unique concerns reported in some cancer populations. The face and content validity of a screening tool derived from the National Cancer Comprehensive Network distress thermometer and problem list and adapted specifically for women with gynaecological cancer is presented. Methods Buil...
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Aims To undertake a qualitative study of a multimodal behavioural intervention and research protocol developed to improve wellness in women with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), the Women’s Wellness with Type 2 Diabetes program (WWDP). Methods Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 15 participants who completed the WWDP. The interviews wer...
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Aims The current study aimed to examine feasibility of participant recruitment and retention rates for the Women’s Wellness with Type 2 Diabetes program (WWDP), and to assess initial efficacy of the program in improving wellbeing outcomes. Methods 70 midlife women with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) participated in a 12-week wellness-focused inte...
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Objective: This randomized controlled trial tested a digitally-delivered whole-of-lifestyle program for women previously treated for cancer. We investigated (1) associations between self-reported physical activity (PA) and menopausal symptoms and (2) if the intervention was associated with beneficial changes in PA and menopausal symptoms. Methods...
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BACKGROUND Noncommunicable diseases pose a significant threat to women’s health globally, with most diseases being attributed to modifiable risk factors such as physical inactivity. Women perceive a range of benefits and barriers to exercise; however, there is little evidence about the effect of different lifestyle intervention delivery modes on pe...
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Background: Noncommunicable diseases pose a significant threat to women's health globally, with most diseases being attributed to modifiable risk factors such as physical inactivity. Women perceive a range of benefits and barriers to exercise; however, there is little evidence about the effect of different lifestyle intervention delivery modes on...
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Objective This paper examines the direct and intermediary relationships between life stress, stress appraisal and resilience, and increased anxiety and depressive symptoms in Australian women after cancer treatment. Methods Data examined from 278 women aged 18 years and older previously treated for breast, gynaecological or blood cancer, participa...
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Objectives Earlier life stressors can increase the risk of persistent anxiety and depressive symptoms in women after cancer, though our understanding of the underlying mechanisms is limited. In this study, we tested alternative life course models to determine which best described associations between exposure to stressors in childhood, adolescence,...
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The impact of a breast cancer diagnosis goes beyond the early diagnosis and treatment phases. While survival has improved significantly over the last decade, women report ongoing quality of life (survivorship) concerns as a result of their diagnosis and treatment. There are many models of supportive care available in Australia, including those prov...
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Background: Despite advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment have significantly improved survival rates, patients post-treatment-related health needs are often not adequately addressed by current health services. The aim of the Women's Wellness after Cancer Program (WWACP), which is a digitised multimodal lifestyle intervention, is to enhance he...
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Objectives: This analysis examined climacteric symptoms clusters in women with and without breast cancer, and explored how sociodemographic, health, and modifiable lifestyle factors predicted symptom clusters. Methods: This pooled analysis of four Women's Wellness Research Program (WWRP) studies comprised individual-level data from 969 Australia...
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Women diagnosed as having breast cancer may experience difficulties with posttreatment effects such as menopausal symptoms. The aims of this pilot study were to (1) evaluate the impact of a multimodal lifestyle program on reducing menopausal symptoms in women with breast cancer and (2) examine the impact of the program on health-related quality of...
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Background: After breast cancer treatment, women of all ages may experience menopausal symptoms as a side effect of their cancer treatment. Menopausal symptoms can be severe and have a significant effect on a woman’s lifestyle. Research has shown that lifestyle changes can have positive effects on menopausal symptoms. The Pink Women’s Wellness Prog...
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ANDERSON D.J., YATES P., MCCARTHY A., LANG C.P., HARGRAVES M., MCCARTHY N. & PORTER-STEELE J. (2011) European Journal of Cancer Care20, 785–794 Younger and older women's concerns about menopause after breast cancer A number of treatments for breast cancer induce menopause. This study's aim was to explore women's perceptions and beliefs about menopa...
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A number of treatments for breast cancer induce menopause. This study's aim was to explore women's perceptions and beliefs about menopausal symptoms and their management following breast cancer, and to compare younger and older women's experiences. Data were collected via semi-structured focus groups from women who had undergone treatment for breas...

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Background: Despite advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment have significantly improved survival rates, patients post-treatment-related health needs are often not adequately addressed by current health services. The aim of the Women’s Wellness after Cancer Program (WWACP), which is a digitised multimodal lifestyle intervention, is to enhance health-related quality of life in women previously treated for blood, breast and gynaecological cancers.