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Title: Quality of life of colorectal cancer patients
Author: Somerville, Caroline Laura
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2002
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Purpose: The aim of this study was to investigate the long term quality of life of colorectal cancer patients who had undergone either sphincter conserving or sphincter sacrificing surgery. It was predicted that patients who underwent sphincter-sacrificing surgery resulting in the formation of a stoma would report an inferior quality of life as indicated across several domains of quality of life compared to patients with no stoma. Method: Thirty two patients completed a battery of questionnaires measuring quality of life at an interval of between twelve and eighteen months post surgery. Quality of life was measured using two questionnaires developed by the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer: one for cancer specific quality of life (EORTC QLQ-C30) and the supplementary colorectal cancer specific module (EORTC QLQ-CR38, Aaronson et al., 1988); Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS, Zigmong & Snaith, 1983); Body Image Scale (BIS, Hopwood, Fletcher, Lee & Al Ghazal, 2001). Data analysis: Patient age, length of time since surgery and scores on the measures were compared using independent samples t-tests. Length of time since surgery was analysed using covariance. Person’s correlation co-efficient was used to test for the level of association between measures. Results: No significant differences between the sphincter conserving and sphincter sacrificing groups were found on several domains of quality of life assessment including, physical, social, psychological and role functioning and levels of post-surgery symptoms. Significant differences were found between patients in relation to body image satisfaction and male sexual problems. Patients with a stoma showed more dissatisfaction with their body image than patients without a stoma. Males with a stoma were found to report more sexual problems than males without a stoma. Results are discussed in relation to previous research and in terms of implications for further research and psychosocial aspects of care for colorectal cancer patients.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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