Association between psychological distress and cancer type in patients referred to a psycho-oncology service

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dc.contributor.author Lavelle, C.
dc.contributor.author Ismail, Muhammad Fahmi
dc.contributor.author Doherty, Kieran
dc.contributor.author Bowler, A.
dc.contributor.author Mohamad, M. M.
dc.contributor.author Cassidy, Eugene M.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-04-26T12:05:50Z
dc.date.available 2018-04-26T12:05:50Z
dc.date.issued 2017-06
dc.identifier.citation Lavelle, C., Ismail, M., Doherty, K., Bowler, A., Mohamad, M. and Cassidy, E. (2017) ‘Association between psychological distress and cancer type in patients referred to a psycho-oncology service’, Irish Medical Journal, 110(6), 579 (8pp). doi:10147/621506 en
dc.identifier.volume 110 en
dc.identifier.issued 6 en
dc.identifier.issn 0332-3102
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/5885
dc.identifier.doi 10147/621506
dc.description.abstract Psychological distress is common in patients with cancer and psychological well-being is increasingly seen as an important component of cancer care. The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between cancer type and subjective distress. The following data were collected from a database of consecutive psycho-oncology referrals to the Liaison Psychiatry service in Cork University Hospital from 2006 to 2015: demographics, cancer diagnosis, Distress Thermometer (DT) score. 2102 out of 2384 referrals were assessed. Of those assessed, the most common cancer diagnoses were breast (23%, n=486) followed by haematological (21%, n=445). There were significant difference in DT score between the different cancer types, (χ2(13)=33.685, p=0.001, Kruskal–Wallis test). When adjusted for age, gender and whether or not the cancer was recently diagnosed, there was no significant association between cancer type and psychological distress. In conclusion, cancer type is not associated with level of distress in cancer. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Irish Medical Organisation en
dc.rights © 2017, Irish Medical Journal. All rights reserved. en
dc.subject Cancer en
dc.subject Psychosocial factors en
dc.title Association between psychological distress and cancer type in patients referred to a psycho-oncology service en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Eugene Cassidy, Psychiatry and Neurobehavioural Science, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. T: +353-21-490-3000 E: eugene.cassidy@hse.ie en
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dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Irish Medical Journal en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress eugene.cassidy@hse.ie en


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