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Arm morbidity and disability after breast cancer: new directions for care.

https://arctichealth.org/en/permalink/ahliterature159371
Source
Oncol Nurs Forum. 2008 Jan;35(1):65-71
Publication Type
Article
Date
Jan-2008
Author
Roanne L Thomas-Maclean
Thomas Hack
Winkle Kwan
Anna Towers
Baukje Miedema
Andrea Tilley
Author Affiliation
Department of Sociology, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada. roanne.thomas@usask.ca
Source
Oncol Nurs Forum. 2008 Jan;35(1):65-71
Date
Jan-2008
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Activities of Daily Living
Adaptation, Psychological
Adult
Aged
Aged, 80 and over
Arm
Breast Neoplasms - surgery
Canada - epidemiology
Female
Humans
Incidence
Longitudinal Studies
Lymph Node Excision - adverse effects
Lymphedema - epidemiology - etiology - psychology
Middle Aged
Musculoskeletal Diseases - epidemiology - etiology - psychology
Pain - epidemiology - etiology - psychology
Quality of Life
Range of Motion, Articular
Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy - adverse effects
Abstract
To chart the incidence and course of three types of arm morbidity (lymphedema, pain, and range of motion [ROM] restrictions) in women with breast cancer 6-12 months after surgery and the relationship between arm morbidity and disability.
Longitudinal mixed methods approach.
Four sites across Canada.
347 patients with breast cancer 6-12 months after surgery at first point of data collection.
Incidence rates were calculated for three types of arm morbidity, correlations between arm morbidity and disability were computed, and open-ended survey responses were compiled and reviewed.
Lymphedema, pain, ROM, and arm, shoulder, and hand disabilities.
Almost 12% of participants experienced lymphedema, 39% reported pain, and about 50% had ROM restrictions. Little overlap in the three types of arm morbidity was observed. Pain and ROM restrictions correlated significantly with disability, but most women did not discuss arm morbidity with healthcare professionals.
Pain and ROM restrictions are prevalent 6-12 months after surgery, but lymphedema is not. Pain and ROM restrictions are associated with disability.
Screening for pain and ROM restrictions should be part of breast cancer follow-up care. Left untreated, arm morbidity could have a long-term effect on quality of life. Additional research into the longevity of various arm morbidity symptoms and possible interrelationships also is required.
PubMed ID
18192154 View in PubMed
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Dignity in the terminally ill: a cross-sectional, cohort study.

https://arctichealth.org/en/permalink/ahliterature187218
Source
Lancet. 2002 Dec 21-28;360(9350):2026-30
Publication Type
Article
Author
Harvey Max Chochinov
Thomas Hack
Thomas Hassard
Linda J Kristjanson
Susan McClement
Mike Harlos
Author Affiliation
Department of Psychiatry, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. chochin@cc.UManitoba.CA
Source
Lancet. 2002 Dec 21-28;360(9350):2026-30
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Activities of Daily Living
Aged
Cohort Studies
Cross-Sectional Studies
Educational Status
Female
Humans
Male
Manitoba
Neoplasms
Palliative Care
Quality of Life
Questionnaires
Right to Die
Abstract
Considerations of dignity are often raised in reference to the care of dying patients. However, little research that addresses this issue has been done. Our aim was to identify the extent to which dying patients perceive they are able to maintain a sense of dignity, and to ascertain how demographic and disease-specific variables relate to the issue of dignity in these individuals.
We did a cross-sectional study of a cohort of terminally ill patients with cancer, who had a life expectancy of less than 6 months. We enrolled 213 patients from two palliative care units in Winnipeg, Canada, and asked them to rate their sense of dignity. Our main outcome measures included: a 7-point sense of dignity item; the symptom distress scale; the McGill pain questionnaire; the index of independence in activities of daily living (IADL); a quality of life scale; a brief battery of self-report measures, including screening for desire for death, anxiety, hopelessness, and will to live; burden to others; and requirement for social support.
16 of 213 patients (7.5%; 95% CI 4-11) indicated that loss of dignity was a great concern. These patients were far more than likely than the rest of the cohort to report psychological distress and symptom distress, heightened dependency needs, and loss of will to live.
Loss of dignity is closely associated with certain types of distress often seen among the terminally ill. Preservation of dignity should be an overall aim of treatment and care in patients who are nearing death.
Notes
Comment In: Lancet. 2002 Dec 21-28;360(9350):1997-812504390
Comment In: Lancet. 2003 Mar 1;361(9359):78312620760
PubMed ID
12504398 View in PubMed
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Dignity in the terminally ill: a developing empirical model.

https://arctichealth.org/en/permalink/ahliterature191688
Source
Soc Sci Med. 2002 Feb;54(3):433-43
Publication Type
Article
Date
Feb-2002
Author
Harvey Max Chochinov
Thomas Hack
Susan McClement
Linda Kristjanson
Mike Harlos
Author Affiliation
Department of Psychiatry-PX246, University of Manitoba, PsycHealth Centre, Winnipeg, Canada. chochin@cc.umanitoba.ca
Source
Soc Sci Med. 2002 Feb;54(3):433-43
Date
Feb-2002
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Activities of Daily Living
Adaptation, Psychological
Anecdotes as Topic
Attitude to Death
Cost of Illness
Family Relations
Humans
Interviews as Topic
Manitoba
Neoplasms - psychology
Professional-Patient Relations
Quality of Life
Right to Die
Skilled Nursing Facilities - utilization
Terminal Care
Terminally Ill - psychology
Abstract
Despite use of the term dignity in arguments for and against a patient's self-governance in matters pertaining to death, there is little empirical research on how this term has been used by patients who are nearing death. The objective of this study was to determine how dying patients understand and define the term dignity, in order to develop a model of dignity in the terminally ill. A semi-structured interview was designed to explore how patients cope with their advanced cancer and to detail their perceptions of dignity. Interviews were audiotaped and transcribed verbatim. A consecutive sample of 50 consenting patients with advanced terminal cancer were recruited over a 15-month period of time from an urban extended care hospital housing a specialized unit for palliative care. This unit provides both inpatient services. and coordinates end-of-life care community based programming. Data were analysed using latent content analysis and constant comparison techniques. Four members of the research team independently coded the transcribed data, to develop conceptually meaningful categories of responses. Operational definitions were written for major categories, themes and sub-themes. Three major categories emerged from the qualitative analysis, including illness-related concerns; dignity conserving repertoire; and social dignity inventory. These broad categories and their carefully defined themes and sub-themes form the foundation for an emerging model of dignity amongst the dying. The concept of dignity and the dignity model offer a way of understanding how patients face advancing terminal illness. This will serve to promote dignity and the quality of life of patients nearing death.
PubMed ID
11824919 View in PubMed
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Dignity therapy: a novel psychotherapeutic intervention for patients near the end of life.

https://arctichealth.org/en/permalink/ahliterature173271
Source
J Clin Oncol. 2005 Aug 20;23(24):5520-5
Publication Type
Article
Date
Aug-20-2005
Author
Harvey Max Chochinov
Thomas Hack
Thomas Hassard
Linda J Kristjanson
Susan McClement
Mike Harlos
Author Affiliation
Department of Psychiatry, Family Medicine, Community Health Sciences, and Faculty of Nursing, University of Manitoba, Canada. harvey.chochinov@cancercare.mb.ca
Source
J Clin Oncol. 2005 Aug 20;23(24):5520-5
Date
Aug-20-2005
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Adaptation, Psychological
Adult
Aged
Attitude to Death
Australia
Cost of Illness
Family Relations
Humans
Manitoba
Middle Aged
Neoplasms - psychology
Patient satisfaction
Quality of Life
Right to Die
Spirituality
Statistics, nonparametric
Stress, Psychological
Terminal Care - methods
Terminally Ill - psychology
Abstract
This study examined a novel intervention, dignity therapy, designed to address psychosocial and existential distress among terminally ill patients. Dignity therapy invites patients to discuss issues that matter most or that they would most want remembered. Sessions are transcribed and edited, with a returned final version that they can bequeath to a friend or family member. The objective of this study was to establish the feasibility of dignity therapy and determine its impact on various measures of psychosocial and existential distress.
Terminally ill inpatients and those receiving home-based palliative care services in Winnipeg, Canada, and Perth, Australia, were asked to complete pre- and post-intervention measures of sense of dignity, depression, suffering, and hopelessness; sense of purpose, sense of meaning, desire for death, will to live, and suicidality; and a post-intervention satisfaction survey.
Ninety-one percent of participants reported being satisfied with dignity therapy; 76% reported a heightened sense of dignity; 68% reported an increased sense of purpose; 67% reported a heightened sense of meaning; 47% reported an increased will to live; and 81% reported that it had been or would be of help to their family. Post-intervention measures of suffering showed significant improvement (P = .023) and reduced depressive symptoms (P = .05). Finding dignity therapy helpful to their family correlated with life feeling more meaningful (r = 0.480; P = .000) and having a sense of purpose (r = 0.562; P = .000), accompanied by a lessened sense of suffering (r = 0.327; P = .001) and increased will to live (r = 0.387; P = .000).
Dignity therapy shows promise as a novel therapeutic intervention for suffering and distress at the end of life.
Notes
Comment In: J Clin Oncol. 2005 Aug 20;23(24):5427-816110001
PubMed ID
16110012 View in PubMed
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A new approach to eliciting meaning in the context of breast cancer.

https://arctichealth.org/en/permalink/ahliterature184733
Source
Cancer Nurs. 2003 Jun;26(3):169-78
Publication Type
Article
Date
Jun-2003
Author
Lesley F Degner
Thomas Hack
John O'Neil
Linda J Kristjanson
Author Affiliation
Helen Glass Centre for Nursing, University of Manitoba, 89 Curry Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2, Canada. Lesley_Degner@umanitoba.ca
Source
Cancer Nurs. 2003 Jun;26(3):169-78
Date
Jun-2003
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Adaptation, Psychological
Aged
Attitude to Health
Breast Neoplasms - nursing - psychology
Canada
Cross-Sectional Studies
Female
Follow-Up Studies
Humans
Metaphor
Middle Aged
Motivation
Questionnaires
Survivors - psychology
Abstract
A semistructured measure was developed from early descriptive work by Lipowski to elicit the meaning of breast cancer using eight preset categories: challenge, enemy, punishment, weakness, relief, strategy, irreparable loss, and value. This measure was applied in two studies: a cross-sectional survey of 1012 Canadian women at various points after diagnosis and a follow-up study 3 years later of 205 women from the previous study who were close to the time of diagnosis at the first testing. The majority of the 1012 women chose "challenge" (57.4%) or "value" (27.6%) to describe the meaning of breast cancer, whereas fewer chose the more negative "enemy" (7.8%) or "irreparable loss" (3.9%). At the 3-year follow-up assessment, 78.9% of the women who had indicated positive meaning by their choices of "challenge" or "value" did so again. Verbal descriptions provided by the women were congruent with those reported in previous qualitative studies of meaning in breast cancer with respect to the two most prevalent categories: challenge and value. At follow-up assessment, women who ascribed a negative meaning of illness with choices such as "enemy," "loss," or "punishment" had significantly higher levels of depression and anxiety and poorer quality of life than women who indicated a more positive meaning. The meaning-of-illness measure provides an approach that can be applied in large surveys to detect women who ascribe less positive meaning to the breast cancer experience, women who may be difficult to identify in the context of small, qualitative studies.
PubMed ID
12832949 View in PubMed
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The patient dignity inventory: a novel way of measuring dignity-related distress in palliative care.

https://arctichealth.org/en/permalink/ahliterature156482
Source
J Pain Symptom Manage. 2008 Dec;36(6):559-71
Publication Type
Article
Date
Dec-2008
Author
Harvey Max Chochinov
Thomas Hassard
Susan McClement
Thomas Hack
Linda J Kristjanson
Mike Harlos
Shane Sinclair
Alison Murray
Author Affiliation
Department of Psychiatry, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. harvey.chochinov@cancercare.mb.ca
Source
J Pain Symptom Manage. 2008 Dec;36(6):559-71
Date
Dec-2008
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Aged
Attitude to Death
Canada - epidemiology
Female
Humans
Male
Palliative Care - psychology
Psychometrics - methods
Questionnaires
Reproducibility of Results
Right to Die
Self-Assessment
Sensitivity and specificity
Spirituality
Stress, Psychological - diagnosis - epidemiology - psychology
Terminally Ill - psychology
Abstract
Quality palliative care depends on a deep understanding of distress facing patients nearing death. Yet, many aspects of psychosocial, existential and spiritual distress are often overlooked. The aim of this study was to test a novel psychometric--the Patient Dignity Inventory (PDI)--designed to measure various sources of dignity-related distress among patients nearing the end of life. Using standard instrument development techniques, this study examined the face validity, internal consistency, test-retest reliability, factor structure and concurrent validity of the PDI. The 25-items of the PDI derive from a model of dignity in the terminally ill. To establish its basic psychometric properties, the PDI was administered to 253 patients receiving palliative care, along with other measures addressing issues identified within the Dignity Model in the Terminally Ill. Cronbach's coefficient alpha for the PDI was 0.93; the test-retest reliability was r = 0.85. Factor analysis resulted in a five-factor solution; factor labels include Symptom Distress, Existential Distress, Dependency, Peace of Mind, and Social Support, accounting for 58% of the overall variance. Evidence for concurrent validity was reported by way of significant associations between PDI factors and concurrent measures of distress. The PDI is a valid and reliable new instrument, which could assist clinicians to routinely detect end-of-life dignity-related distress. Identifying these sources of distress is a critical step toward understanding human suffering and should help clinicians deliver quality, dignity-conserving end-of-life care.
PubMed ID
18579340 View in PubMed
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