Quality of Life and Colorectal Cancer: a Review

Dunn, Jeff, Lynch, Brigid, Aitken, Joanne, Leggett, Barbara, Pakenham, Kenneth and Newman, Beth (2003) Quality of Life and Colorectal Cancer: a Review. Australian And New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 27 1: 41-53. doi:10.1111/j.1467-842X.2003.tb00378.x

Author Dunn, Jeff
Lynch, Brigid
Aitken, Joanne
Leggett, Barbara
Pakenham, Kenneth
Newman, Beth
Title Quality of Life and Colorectal Cancer: a Review
Journal name Australian And New Zealand Journal of Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1326-0200
Publication date 2003-02-01
Year available 2003
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-842X.2003.tb00378.x
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 27
Issue 1
Start page 41
End page 53
Total pages 13
Editor J. Lumley
J. Daly
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Public Health Association of Australia
Language eng
Subject C1
730108 Cancer and related disorders
1112 Oncology and Carcinogenesis
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Abstract Objectives: To describe what is known of quality of life for colorectal cancer patients, to review what has been done in the Australian setting and to identify emerging directions for future research to address current gaps in knowledge. Method: A literature search (using Medline, PsychInfo, CINAHL and Sociological Abstracts) was conducted and 41 articles identified for review. Results: Three key areas relating to quality of life in colorectal cancer patients emerged from the literature review: the definition and measurement of quality of life; predictors of quality of life; and the relationship of quality of life to survival. Results of existing studies are inconsistent in relation to quality of life over time and its relationship to survival. Small sample sizes and methodological limitations make interpretation difficult. Conclusions: There is a need for large-scale, longitudinal, population-based studies describing the quality of life experienced by colorectal cancer patients and its determinants. Measurement and simultaneous adjustment for potential confounding factors would productively advance knowledge in this area, as would an analysis of the economic cost of morbidity to the community and an assessment of the cost effectiveness of proposed interventions. Implications: As the Australian population ages, the prevalence of colorectal cancer within the community will increase. This burden of disease presents as a priority area for public health research. An improved understanding of quality of life and its predictors will inform the development and design of supportive interventions for those affected by the disease.
Keyword Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Functional Assessment
Social Support
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes This document is a journal review.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) - Collection
2004 Higher Education Research Data Collection
School of Psychology Publications
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