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Psychosocial distress in women diagnosed with gynecological cancer.

Authors
  • Warren, Narelle1
  • Melrose, Deirdre M1
  • Brooker, Joanne E1, 2
  • Burney, Sue1, 2
  • 1 1 Monash University, Australia. , (Australia)
  • 2 2 Cabrini Health, Australia. , (Australia)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of health psychology
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2018
Volume
23
Issue
7
Pages
893–904
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1359105316640061
PMID: 27611627
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
Unknown

Abstract

Many women with gynecological cancer report psychosocial distress, and clarification of the risks, vulnerabilities, and protective factors is required. The aim of this study was to investigate the lived experience of gynecological cancer patients and to understand the factors that underlie psychosocial distress. Semi-structured interviews with seven women diagnosed with gynecological cancer revealed the role of social support, or its absence, selective withholding of information, and existential loneliness in women's experience of distress. Social support provided a buffer against distress, while feelings of alienation and being alone exacerbated distress. Interventions to address these concerns may lead to improved quality of life for this patient group.

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