Men's help-seeking in the first year after diagnosis of localised prostate cancer

Hyde, M. K., Newton, R. U., Galvao, D. A., Gardiner, R. A., Occhipinti, S., Lowe, A., Wittert, G. A. and Chambers, S. K. (2016) Men's help-seeking in the first year after diagnosis of localised prostate cancer. European Journal of Cancer Care, 26 2: . doi:10.1111/ecc.12497

Author Hyde, M. K.
Newton, R. U.
Galvao, D. A.
Gardiner, R. A.
Occhipinti, S.
Lowe, A.
Wittert, G. A.
Chambers, S. K.
Title Men's help-seeking in the first year after diagnosis of localised prostate cancer
Journal name European Journal of Cancer Care   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1365-2354
Publication date 2016-04-25
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/ecc.12497
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 26
Issue 2
Total pages 12
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This study describes sources of support utilised by men with localised prostate cancer in the first year after diagnosis and examines characteristics associated with help-seeking for men with unmet needs. A cross-sectional survey of 331 patients from a population-based sample who were in the first year after diagnosis (M = 9.6, SD = 1.9) was conducted to assess sources of support, unmet supportive care needs, domain-specific quality of life and psychological distress. Overall, 82% of men reported unmet supportive care needs. The top five needs were sexuality (58%); prostate cancer-specific (57%); psychological (47%); physical and daily living (41%); and health system and information (31%). Professional support was most often sought from doctors (51%). Across most domains, men who were older (Ps ≤ 0.03), less well educated (Ps ≤ 0.04) and more depressed (Ps ≤ 0.05) were less likely to seek help for unmet needs. Greater sexual help-seeking was related to better sexual function (P = 0.03), higher education (P ≤ 0.03) and less depression (P = 0.05). Unmet supportive care needs are highly prevalent after localised prostate cancer diagnosis with older age, lower education and higher depression apparent barriers to help-seeking. Interventions that link across medicine, nursing and community based peer support may be an accessible approach to meeting these needs.
Keyword Help-seeking
Prostate cancer
Supportive care needs
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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