Factors associated with satisfaction with prostate cancer care: Results from Cancer of the Prostate Strategic Urologic Research Endeavor (CaPSURE)

ArticleinBJU International 111(2) · August 2012with11 Reads
DOI: 10.1111/j.1464-410X.2012.11423.x · Source: PubMed
Abstract
Objective: To evaluate the impact of demographic, clinical, treatment and patient-reported parameters on satisfaction with prostate cancer care. Despite the significant worldwide impact of prostate cancer, few data are available specifically addressing satisfaction with treatment-related care. Patients and methods: CaPSURE comprises participants from 40 US sites who were monitored during and after their treatment course. Participants who were diagnosed with clinically localized prostate cancer after 1999 underwent radical prostatectomy, radiation therapy or primary androgen deprivation, and those who also completed the satisfaction questionnaire within 2 years of treatment were included in the present study. Satisfaction was measured using a validated instrument that assesses contact with providers, confidence in providers, communication skills, humanness and overall satisfaction. Multivariable linear regression analysis were performed to evaluate the independent relationships between demographic, clinical, treatment and patient-reported parameters and satisfaction. Results: Of the 3056 participants, 1927 (63%) were treated with radical prostatectomy, 843 (28%) were treated with radiation therapy and 286 (9%) were treated with primary androgen deprivation. Multivariable analysis showed that multiple patient-reported factors were independently associated with satisfaction, whereas clinical, demographic and treatment parameters were not. Baseline health-related quality of life, measured by the 36-item short-form health survey, baseline fear of cancer recurrence (all P < 0.01) and declines in the sexual (P = 0.03), urinary (P < 0.01) and bowel (P = 0.02) function domains of the University of California Los Angeles Prostate Cancer Index were all independently associated with satisfaction. Patient-reported outcomes were more strongly associated with satisfaction in the low-risk subgroup. Conclusions: Patient-reported factors such as health-related quality of life and fear of cancer recurrence are independently associated with satisfaction with care. Pretreatment parameters should be used to identify populations at-risk for dissatisfaction to allow for intervention and/or incorporation into treatment decision-making.
    • "Patients who question whether their physician is following up thoroughly enough and patients who feel that their physicians do not have control over their health have reported greater FOR [24]. Further, recent research in PCa patients has demonstrated that those who were less satisfied with their care experienced worse FOR, and further, that declines in sexual, urinary, and bowel function were also associated with less favorable satisfaction with care [25]. These data suggest that lower satisfaction with care is associated with worse physical symptoms and may also play an important role in experiencing FOR. "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Objective Limited research has investigated the psychosocial processes that underpin the effect of physical symptoms on fear of cancer recurrence. Additionally, despite evidence of increased vulnerability of marginalized populations to negative outcomes, few studies have examined the unique experience of gay men coping with the cancer process. The goals of this study were to determine whether disease-related self-efficacy and satisfaction with medical care mediated the relationship between greater physical symptoms and worse fear of recurrence among gay or bisexual prostate cancer survivors.Methods Participants were composed of 92 self-identified gay or bisexual men, who had received a diagnosis of prostate cancer in the past 4 years. Participants provided demographic information and completed self-report questionnaires that assessed symptom function, self-efficacy for prostate cancer symptoms, satisfaction with healthcare, and fear of recurrence. Bootstrapping procedures were used to assess for significant mediation.ResultsResults suggested significant mediation of the relationship between each of bowel, hormonal, and sexual function with fear of recurrence by self-efficacy and satisfaction with healthcare. Mediation was not significantly supported for the association between urinary function and fear of recurrence.Conclusions Findings support the explanatory effects of self-efficacy for symptom management and satisfaction with healthcare on the relationship between symptom function and fear of recurrence. These results indicate that psychological processes, specifically psychological factors that hold particular relevance to gay or bisexual men, reflect a potential avenue for intervention to decrease fear of cancer recurrence.
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    • "Patients described being 'cut adrift' by the health system after active therapy (Corner et al, 2013). Patient satisfaction with health-care provision is an important measure in assessing the structure and process of cancer care, and is associated with reduced quality-of-life including decline in post-treatment physical function (Resnick et al, 2013a). In this present study, recent assessment by a clinician and being a year or more out of treatment were significant predictors of unmet need, indicating that clinician contact paradoxically did not always address men's needs. "
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    • "Decision making on the basis of the best possible understanding enables patients to realistically appraise their personal risk profile and the potential side effects of therapy [24]. In an analysis of 3056 PCa patients, Resnick et al. showed that the satisfaction of patients with their PCa treatment was not negatively influenced to any great extent by the side effects of the therapy recommended [25]. A communication mistake can entail overloading patients with too much information [26] . "
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