Subjektiv stress hos patienter med prostatacancer och deras partners
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Background: Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis for men in Sweden. The diagnosis can lead to an impaired psychosocial wellness for both patient and partner, which can increase subjective stress, e.g. avoidance and intrusion. Research of subjective stress related to prostate cancer is limited.
Objective: The aim was to study and compare the prevalence of subjective stress in men with prostate cancer and their partners.
Method: This work was a quantitative study. Data were collected by using the form “Impact of Event Scale” (IES) that was sent out to registered patients at the Regional Cancer Centre in Uppsala and Örebro. Patients were given the option to decide if their partner could be asked to participate in the study and answer the same form. Descriptive statistics were produced and analysis was done with Mann-Whitney U test.
Results: The patients (n = 136) estimated no clinical symptoms of intrusion and low level of avoidance. The partners (n = 120) estimated medium level of intrusion and avoidance. There is a significant difference between patients and partners in terms of both intrusion and avoidance.
Conclusion: Partners to patients with prostate cancer estimate higher level of subjective stress than patients with prostate cancer. Evidence from previous research shows the same results. Further research is desirable, since there is limited research about prostate cancer.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 31 p.
Prostatacancer, Partner, Subjektiv stress, Påträngande tankar, Undvikande beteende
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-224864OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-224864DiVA: diva2:718791
Subject / course
Registered Nurse Programme