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Effects of provision and receipt of social support on adjustment to laparosopic radical prostatectomy


Scholz, Urte; Knoll, N; Rogias, J; Gralla, O (2008). Effects of provision and receipt of social support on adjustment to laparosopic radical prostatectomy. Anxiety, Stress & Coping, 21(3):227-241.

Abstract

Radical prostatectomy has a negative impact on prostate cancer patients’ health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Social support may help patients adjust to their situation after surgery. We investigated patients’ accounts of received social support as well as their spouses’ accounts of provided social support as predictors of patients’ HRQoL 6 months after surgery. Moreover, we tested whether
patients with lower HRQoL at 2 weeks after surgery had the most benefit from spousal support. A total of 77 patients (M61.57 years, SD6.03) and their spouses (M58.46 years, SD7.52) completed questionnaires at 2 weeks and 6 months after laparoscopic radical prostatectomy. Received
social support, spousal provided social support, and HRQoL were assessed 2 weeks after surgery, and HRQoL was assessed again 6 months later. Patients with lower HRQoL at 2 weeks after surgery benefited more from the receipt and their partners’ provision of support in terms of HRQoL 6 months
later than patients with a higher HRQoL at the beginning. Assessing patients’ HRQoL might be one method to identify those individuals who are in special need of support from their spouses.

Radical prostatectomy has a negative impact on prostate cancer patients’ health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Social support may help patients adjust to their situation after surgery. We investigated patients’ accounts of received social support as well as their spouses’ accounts of provided social support as predictors of patients’ HRQoL 6 months after surgery. Moreover, we tested whether
patients with lower HRQoL at 2 weeks after surgery had the most benefit from spousal support. A total of 77 patients (M61.57 years, SD6.03) and their spouses (M58.46 years, SD7.52) completed questionnaires at 2 weeks and 6 months after laparoscopic radical prostatectomy. Received
social support, spousal provided social support, and HRQoL were assessed 2 weeks after surgery, and HRQoL was assessed again 6 months later. Patients with lower HRQoL at 2 weeks after surgery benefited more from the receipt and their partners’ provision of support in terms of HRQoL 6 months
later than patients with a higher HRQoL at the beginning. Assessing patients’ HRQoL might be one method to identify those individuals who are in special need of support from their spouses.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Language:English
Date:July 2008
Deposited On:15 Dec 2008 16:39
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:39
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1061-5806
Publisher DOI:10.1080/10615800801983759
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-7221

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