Improvements in physical and mental health following a rehabilitation programme for breast cancer patients.

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Source
Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2010 Jun 26;
Publication Type
Article
Date
Jun-26-2010
Author
Aina Johnsson
Artur Tenenbaum
Hugo Westerlund
Author Affiliation
Karolinska Institutet, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Division of Social Work, Sweden; Department of Social Work, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.
Source
Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2010 Jun 26;
Date
Jun-26-2010
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Abstract
PURPOSE: To investigate how breast cancer patients referred to in-patient rehabilitation at Mösseberg Rehabilitation Centre (MRC) in Sweden perceive their life situation, and if their life satisfaction and mental health have changed three months later. METHOD: This prospective study is based on 46 women, all of them in working age. Three validated questionnaires were used, the Life Satisfaction (Li-Sat 11) scale, the Maastricht Questionnaire and the Shirom-Melamed Burnout Questionnaire (SMBQ). RESULTS: Statistically significant improvements for the variables physical and mental health were seen in the measurements made using the Li-Sat 11 scale. The SMBQ survey showed a statistically significant improvement in the composite results for the indices involved. Likewise, the Maastricht Questionnaire showed statistically significant improvements in health status with respect to feelings of exhaustion and fatigue. CONCLUSION: More effective treatments have resulted in an increase in the number of breast cancer survivors and in the demand for rehabilitation. This study shows improvements in health and satisfaction with health, but cannot conclude this result as only an effect of the rehabilitation programme. Since only a few studies have until now shed light on the benefits of in-patient rehabilitation following a breast cancer diagnosis, there is an urgent need for continued research in this area.
PubMed ID
20584626 View in PubMed
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