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The impact of individual quality of life assessment on psychosocial attention in patients with chest malignancies: A randomized study
Institution of Medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg.
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare. (HV)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5098-8489
Institution of Medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg.
Institution of Medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg.
2013 (English)In: Supportive Care in Cancer, ISSN 0941-4355, E-ISSN 1433-7339, Vol. 21, no 1, 87-95 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

The aims of this study were to investigate the impact of individual health-related quality of life (HRQL) evaluation on the attention towards symptom control and psychosocial function in advanced cancer patients.

Methods

Patients with advanced lung cancer or mesothelioma who attended a pulmonary oncology outpatient clinic were randomized to either of two strategies for HRQL assessment. The experimental group (EG) answered the EORTC QLQ-C30 + LC13 questionnaire using a digital table interface, with outprint of aggregated scale scores presented to the consulting physician as a support for evaluation. The control group (CG) answered a paper version of the same questionnaire, which was stored for later analysis. Consultations were audio-recorded. Outcome measures were a quantitative content analysis of audio-recorded consultations and medical and psychosocial interventions abstracted from clinical records.

Results

One hundred seventy-one patients were randomized and participated in the study. Issues regarding emotional function were more frequently discussed during consultations in the EG (p < 0.05). Similarly, interventions directed to emotional and social concerns were more frequent in the EG (p = 0.013 and p = 0.0036, respectively). HRQL measures over time were similar across the groups.

Conclusion

Individual HRQL assessment increased the attention to psychosocial functioning in patients with chest malignancies.

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2013. Vol. 21, no 1, 87-95 p.
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Cancer and Oncology Applied Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-17813DOI: 10.1007/s00520-012-1496-6ISI: 000312088900013Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84874117609OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-17813DiVA: diva2:588314
Available from: 2013-01-15 Created: 2013-01-15 Last updated: 2014-06-16Bibliographically approved

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