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Exploring associations between psychiatric disorder, psychological distress, and health care utilization in cancer patients

ConclusionPsychiatric disorder and psychological distress were associated with mental health care use and costs. Psychological distress was associated with complementary health care use. Adequate assessment and referral to mental health care might prevent unnecessary health care utilization.
Source: Psycho-Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

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Conclusions After diagnosis of recurrent disease, endometrial and ovarian cancer patients were less satisfied with care compared with patients without a recurrence. Our findings suggest that patients with recurrent cancer are in need of care that is better tailored to their needs.
Source: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Quality of Life Source Type: research
ConclusionsIn gynaecological cancer survivors, DT may perform fairly well as a first stage screening tool for distress, but a second stage is likely needed due to a high number of false positives. DT and HADS scores may predict the number of supportive conversations needed in an individualised intervention in gynaecological cancer survivors.
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
Conclusions: The review revealed key areas of psychosocial concerns among young AA survivors including ongoing anxiety/depression, cognitive changes, and relationships. Identified gaps include paucity of research with young AA survivors and their residual psychosocial concerns. Implications for Practice: Review findings indicate a need to increase survivorship research on young AA survivors. Researchers, clinicians, and young AA survivors must partner in efforts to understand psychosocial concerns and translate findings into clinical practice (ie, use of psychosocial distress tools, distress de-escalation protocols, a...
Source: Cancer Nursing - Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research
Anxiety and depression are prevalent among cancer patients, with significant negative impact. Many patients prefer herbs for symptom relief to conventional medications which have limited efficacy/side effects. We identified single‐herb medicines that may warrant further study in cancer patients. Our search included PubMed, Allied and Complementary Medicine, Embase, and Cochrane databases, selecting only single‐herb randomized controlled trials between 1996 and 2016 in any population for data extraction, excluding herbs with known potential for interactions with cancer treatments. One hundred articles involving 38 botan...
Source: Phytotherapy Research - Category: Biochemistry Authors: Tags: REVIEW Source Type: research
This study examines contextual and stress process variables potentially associated with HNC caregivers’ physical and psychological well‐being. Patient‐caregiver variables included socio‐demographics, primary stressors (caregiving, patient clinical characteristics, HNC‐related symptoms/dysfunction), secondary stressors (caregiver employment, childcare responsibilities and sleep duration
Source: European Journal of Cancer Care - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research
Summary Objective: To correlate physical activity level (PAL), functional capacity and psychological state with quality of life (QoL) in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy (CT). Method: Observational cohort study. Patients (n=121) with any primary cancer site with indications of chemotherapy with palliative or curative intent were evaluated at three moments: 1) patient admission (week 0), before chemotherapy; 2) week 8; 3) end of CT. Data were collected regarding QoL, PAL, clinical data, functional capacity (short walking distance test, sitting-rising test, isometric manual gripping force), and anxiety and depression ...
Source: Revista da Associacao Medica Brasileira - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
Patients experiencing chronic pain and depression may be more likely to stop taking opioids if they adhere to their antidepressants, reports astudy published in theBritish Journal of Psychiatry. Further analysis also suggests that halting opioid use contributes to improvements in depression.“Depression can worsen pain and is common in patients who remain long-term prescription opioid users,” Jeffrey Scherrer, Ph.D., of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine said in a press release. “Effective depression treatment may break the mutually reinforcing opioid-depression relatio nship and increase the li...
Source: Psychiatr News - Category: Psychiatry Tags: antidepressant depression Jeffrey Scherrer medication adherence prescription opioid use Veterans Health Administration Source Type: research
ConclusionDespite methodological limitations, research indicates a strong need for sibling support. Clinical recommendations include identifying at‐risk siblings and developing interventions to facilitate family communication and increase siblings’ social support, cancer‐related knowledge, and treatment involvement. Future longitudinal studies focusing on mechanisms and moderators of siblings’ adjustment would inform timing and targets of psychosocial care.
Source: Psycho-Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: REVIEW Source Type: research
AbstractObjectivesThe aim of this study was to analyze the prevalence of mental disorders in patients undergoing liver transplantation (LT) based on claims data from the Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service (HIRA) in South Korea.MethodsWe confirmed mental disorders in a nationwide cohort of 3758 patients receiving LT between January 2010 and December 2014. We categorized the prevalence of mental disorders based on patient age at the time of LT.ResultsA total of 288 patients for LT were diagnosed with a mental disorder 1  year before their cancer diagnosis. Of those patients, depression was present in 90 (31....
Source: Hepatology International - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Breast reconstruction after mastectomy was benefit for improving the psychological damages in patients with breast cancer. PMID: 29442215 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Breast Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Breast Cancer Source Type: research
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