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Quality of Life and Perceived Educational Needs among Older Cancer Survivors.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21986919     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The purpose of this study was to evaluate perceived educational needs regarding nutrition and exercise in older cancer survivors. One hundred ninety survivors, age 70.7 (7.5), completed a Survey of Needs developed from the City of Hope Quality of Life model. Fifty percent reported distress related to poor appetite, 60% reported distress related to weight change, 64% reported distress related to balance/walking/mobility difficulty, and 79% reported distress related to fatigue. Weight change, poor appetite, balance/walking/mobility difficulty, and fatigue were significantly associated with distress related to (a) managing household activities, (b) caring for family, (c) maintaining a sense of well-being, (d) coping with grief and loss, and (e) managing stress. Despite distress associated with weight change, poor appetite, mobility difficulty, and fatigue, respondents did not recognize a need for education regarding nutrition and exercise. Findings suggest that evaluating older survivors' perceptions of needs may be necessary prior to designing interventions for care.
Authors:
Maura C Schlairet; Melissa J Benton
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-10-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of cancer education : the official journal of the American Association for Cancer Education     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1543-0154     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-10-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8610343     Medline TA:  J Cancer Educ     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
College of Nursing, Valdosta State University, 1500 N. Patterson Street, Valdosta, GA, 31698, USA, mcschlai@valdosta.edu.
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