Year : 2017 | Volume
: 38 | Issue : 3 | Page : 172--178
Qualitative versus quantitative study of distress in a sample of young age breast cancer survivors
Mahmoud A Batrawi1, Hanaa A El Sayed2, Hoda A Hussein1, Sherine M Abdel Mawella1, Nagwan M Madbouly1, Shereen M Fawzi1
1 Department of Psychiatry, Cairo University, Egypt
2 Department of Oncology, Cairo University, Egypt
Breast cancer survivors suffer from distress that extends along a continuum: from common normal feelings of vulnerability to disabling psychiatric symptoms.
The aim of this study is to describe the ‘lived’ experience of distress in a sample of young breast cancer survivors using a person-centered approach, determine the coping mechanisms used, and the prevalence of anxiety and depression in these patients.
Patients and methods
This is a cross-sectional descriptive study in which 30 Egyptian female breast cancer survivors diagnosed between the age of 20 and 40 years were selected among the patients attending the outpatient clinic of the Oncology Department, Cairo University Hospitals. The Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale was used to assess the prevalence of anxiety and depression among a sample of survivors and the Coping Processes Scale was used to determine the coping processes that they use in the face of their distress. A person-centered approach was used to determine the extent of their distress and gain a better knowledge of each survivor’s experience with cancer.
The prevalence of anxiety was 70.0% and that of depression was 63.3%. There was a statistically significant negative association between acceptance and depression and a negative association between seeking information and social support and anxiety.
Each patient had different experiences and different stress-related cancer effects and management. Each patient is unique in her experience so we must listen to each patient.
Nagwan M Madbouly
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Batrawi MA, El Sayed HA, Hussein HA, Abdel Mawella SM, Madbouly NM, Fawzi SM. Qualitative versus quantitative study of distress in a sample of young age breast cancer survivors.Egypt J Psychiatr 2017;38:172-178
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Batrawi MA, El Sayed HA, Hussein HA, Abdel Mawella SM, Madbouly NM, Fawzi SM. Qualitative versus quantitative study of distress in a sample of young age breast cancer survivors. Egypt J Psychiatr [serial online] 2017 [cited 2021 Aug 3 ];38:172-178
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