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Qualitatively comparing the support needs of people with cancer based on their history of anxiety/ depression


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Richardson, EM, Scott, JL ORCID: 0000-0002-6955-4015, Schuz, N ORCID: 0000-0001-9010-5487, Sanderson, K and Schuz, B ORCID: 0000-0002-0801-498X 2017 , 'Qualitatively comparing the support needs of people with cancer based on their history of anxiety/ depression' , Oncology and Therapy, vol. 5, no. 1 , pp. 41-51 , doi: 10.1007/s40487-017-0045-3.

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Introduction: Research rarely considers the origin or history of a cancer patient’s anxiety and/or depression, instead assuming that these illnesses are related to the cancer experience. The aim of this study was to compare differences in the support needs of people who have experienced anxiety/depression as part of the cancer experience and people who have not, as well as between people who have experienced episodic anxiety/depression and people who have experienced long-term anxiety/depression.Methods: Twenty-one semi-structured interviews were conducted with people with a current or previous diagnosis of cancer, and a current or previous experience with anxiety and/or depression. Participants were split into four groups based on their history with cancer and anxiety/depression, and an inductive thematic analysis was conducted to identify themes across groups.Results: Two superordinate themes (with three and two subordinate themes respectively) were found: ‘coping with cancer’ and ‘health care system support provision’. Important differences were found across groups, with participants who had a history of anxiety/depression that was unrelated to their cancer diagnosis coping better with the combined burden of cancer and anxiety/depression, experiencing less fear of cancer recurrence, and highlighting more positive hospital and support service related experiences, than those whose anxiety/depression was cancer related.Conclusion: The origin and history of a person’s anxiety/depression is important to consider when determining how they might cope with cancer, what their support needs are, and how much support they may require.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Richardson, EM and Scott, JL and Schuz, N and Sanderson, K and Schuz, B
Keywords: anxiety, cancer, co-morbidity, depression, needs, support, mental health services
Journal or Publication Title: Oncology and Therapy
Publisher: Springer Healthcare
ISSN: 2366-1089
DOI / ID Number: 10.1007/s40487-017-0045-3
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The Author(s) 2017. Licensed under Creative Commonns Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0)

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