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Changes in health-related quality of life of men with prostate cancer 3 months after diagnosis: the role of psychosocial factors and comparisment with benign prostate hyperplasia patients.
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PMID:  12642194     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The objective of the pilot study is to measure the changes in health-related quality of life (HRQOL, general and prostate specific) 3 months after the disease has been diagnosed in men with prostate cancer. The results are compared with benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) patients. Also the influence of psychosocial factors (distress, coping and social support) on the experienced changes in health-related quality of life is studied for both patient groups. The sample consists of 61 patients who filled in the questionnaire before the diagnosis was know to them and after 3 months (38 benign prostate hyperplasia and 23 prostate cancer patients). The measures consist of: quality of life, micturation symptoms, sexual functioning, coping style, psychological distress, life events, social support, social desirability, and health behavior. The results show a decrease in quality of life for prostate cancer patient after three moments, while the quality of life measure for BPH patients are stable over time. For both patient groups, the psychosocial factors do not change after 3 months. The psychosocial factors contribute only marginal to the changes in quality of life. Conclusions are drawn concerning the need and the content of psychosocial support and education for prostate cancer patients.
Adriaan Visser; George van Andel; Pim Willems; Elsbeth Voogt; Ary Dijkstra; Patty Rovers; Karl Goodkin; Karl-Heinz Kurth
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Patient education and counseling     Volume:  49     ISSN:  0738-3991     ISO Abbreviation:  Patient Educ Couns     Publication Date:  2003 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-03-18     Completed Date:  2003-06-10     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8406280     Medline TA:  Patient Educ Couns     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  225-32     Citation Subset:  N    
Helen Dowling Institute, P.O. Box 85061, 3508 AB Utrecht, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological
Analysis of Variance
Health Behavior
Middle Aged
Pilot Projects
Prostatic Hyperplasia / physiopathology,  psychology*
Prostatic Neoplasms / physiopathology,  psychology*
Quality of Life*
Self Concept
Sexual Behavior
Social Support
Stress, Psychological / psychology
Time Factors
Urination Disorders / physiopathology

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