A biopsychosocial perspective on adjustment and quality of life following brain tumor: A systematic evaluation of the literature

Tamara Ownsworth, Anna Hawkes, Suzanne Steginga‌, David Walker‌ and David Shum (2009) A biopsychosocial perspective on adjustment and quality of life following brain tumor: A systematic evaluation of the literature. Disability and Rehabilitation, 31 13: 1038-1055.


Author Tamara Ownsworth
Anna Hawkes
Suzanne Steginga‌
David Walker‌
David Shum
Title A biopsychosocial perspective on adjustment and quality of life following brain tumor: A systematic evaluation of the literature
Journal name Disability and Rehabilitation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0963-8288
Publication date 2009
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09638280802509538
Volume 31
Issue 13
Start page 1038
End page 1055
Total pages 18
Editor Dave Muller
Sally Howells
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
Formatted abstract Purpose.To systematically evaluate the literature on quality of life and adjustment to brain tumor from a biopsychosocial perspective.

Methods.On the basis of the cancer and brain injury literature, a biopsychosocial organisational framework was initially developed to support an evaluative review of the brain tumor literature. This framework consisted of four themes relating to pre-illness characteristics, neuropathology, personal appraisals and reactions and social support. Electronic searches of Medline, PsycINFO and CINAHL databases identified 48 empirical studies (1980–2007) that investigated factors associated with quality of life or the adjustment of adults with brain tumor. A review of studies within each theme appraised these findings and evaluated the quality of methodology and extent to which biopsychosocial perspectives have guided investigations.

Results.Overall, the review identified consistent associations between depression, performance status, fatigue and quality of life. Seven multivariate studies with strong methodology that adopted a biopsychosocial perspective were found. In general, the relationships among pre-illness and brain tumor characteristics, psychosocial variables and quality of life were unclear and various gaps in the literature emerged.

Conclusions.Empirical findings within a biopsychosocial perspective may guide the development and delivery of support services for individuals with brain tumor; however, many important areas exist for future research.

Q-Index Code C1
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Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2010 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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