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Erschienen in: Breast Cancer 2/2014

01.03.2014 | Original Article

Anxiety, depression, and quality of life in German ambulatory breast cancer patients

verfasst von: Hendrikje Schleife, Christine Sachtleben, Carolyn Finck Barboza, Susanne Singer, Andreas Hinz

Erschienen in: Breast Cancer | Ausgabe 2/2014

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Abstract

Background

The aim of the study was to determine the predictors of health-related quality of life in ambulatory breast cancer patients.

Methods

A total of 107 breast cancer outpatients were tested with the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) and the quality of life instrument EORTC QLQ-C30. Furthermore, the degree of social support and shared decision making (SDM) were assessed.

Results

In nearly all domains of EORTC QLQ-C30 the patients reported worse mean scores than the general population in a clinically significant range, especially in the symptom scales. Therapy-related factors and the degree of SDM contributed only marginally to quality of life. Social support, however, proved to be predictive of better mental health and better quality of life in many domains.

Conclusion

Irrespective of the therapy, the social network of the patients should be activated to help the patients to cope with the disease. However, the findings do not support the idea that enhanced SDM would have beneficial effects on mental health.
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Metadaten
Titel
Anxiety, depression, and quality of life in German ambulatory breast cancer patients
verfasst von
Hendrikje Schleife
Christine Sachtleben
Carolyn Finck Barboza
Susanne Singer
Andreas Hinz
Publikationsdatum
01.03.2014
Verlag
Springer Japan
Erschienen in
Breast Cancer / Ausgabe 2/2014
Print ISSN: 1340-6868
Elektronische ISSN: 1880-4233
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12282-012-0378-6

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