Patienter med prostatacancer och deras partners stress, oro och nedstämdhet i samband med sjukdomsdebut
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Background: When faced with prostate cancer diagnosis the patient and his partner may experience some stress, anxiety and depression. The partner may have a certain influence on the wellbeing of the patient, as well as patients without support from a partner may experience stress, anxiety and depression differently. How these feelings are experienced could be influenced by gender norms or the relationship between the patient and the partner.Objective: To assess how patients with or without a partner experienced stress, anxiety and depression. The objective was also to assess whether there was a difference in how the patients estimated stress, anxiety and depression depending on whether they had a partner. Furthermore, the objective was to assess if there was a correlation between patients and partners estimation of stress, anxiety and depression.
Methods: Descriptive quantitative cross-sectional survey which estimated levels of stress, anxiety and depression. Patients who participated in the study provided written consent to include their partners. Data were analyzed with descriptive statistics, Mann-Whitney U-test, and Pearson correlationtest.
Results: Single patients and partners showed moderate symptoms of stress regarding avoiding behavior. Furthermore partners showed moderate symptoms of stress regarding intrusive thoughts. Neither groups showed symptoms for anxiety or depression. There was no significant difference in levels of stress, anxiety and depression between patients with or without partner. Neither was there a correlation in levels of stress, anxiety and depression between patients and their partners.
Conclusion: Patients with partner showed no symptoms of stress, anxiety or depression. Single patients and partners showed moderate symptoms of stress, which indicates that they might need extra support from healthcare.Keywords: Prostate cancer, stress, anxiety, depression, partner
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 30 p.
Prostatacancer, stress, oro, nedstämdhet, partner
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-244771OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-244771DiVA: diva2:789836
Subject / course
Registered Nurse Programme