File(s) not publicly available
Associations between quality of life, coping styles, optimism, and anxiety and depression in pre-treatment patients with head and neck cancer
journal contributionposted on 2023-06-07, 16:06 authored by Deborah Horney, Helen Smith, Mark McGurk, John Weinman, Jim Herold, Keith Altman, Carrie LlewellynCarrie Llewellyn
Background. Head and neck cancer is often diagnosed at a late stage and consequently radical treatment is necessary. The pretreatment phase is a time of high anxiety and depression for patients. This study aimed to investigate whether anxiety and depression are related to quality of life, coping styles, and dispositional optimism. Methods. One hundred and three patients were recruited after diagnosis to a questionnaire study. Measures included the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale; SF12v2 Health Survey; Brief COPE, and the Revised Life Orientation Test. Results. Quality of life, in particular emotional role explained a large proportion of the variance in pretreatment anxiety and depression. In addition, the use of negative coping styles was related to high anxiety levels and low levels of optimism were related to higher levels of depression. Conclusion. There are a small but significant proportion of pretreatment patients that may benefit from individualized support.
JournalHead and Neck
Department affiliated with
- Primary Care and Public Health Publications
Full text available