Correlates of depressed mood in ambulatory head and neck cancer patients

Citation
A. Kugaya et al., Correlates of depressed mood in ambulatory head and neck cancer patients, PSYCHO-ONC, 8(6), 1999, pp. 494-499
Citations number
29
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Psycology
Journal title
PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY
ISSN journal
1057-9249 → ACNP
Volume
8
Issue
6
Year of publication
1999
Pages
494 - 499
Database
ISI
SICI code
1057-9249(199911/12)8:6<494:CODMIA>2.0.ZU;2-S
Abstract
High levels of psychological distress, especially depressed mood, has been discussed in relation to head and neck cancer. Patients with head and neck cancer face functional impairment and disfigurement caused by cancer and/or its treatment. Psychosocial factors that predict depressed mood in this po pulation have not been well elucidated. The aim of this study is to examine the psychosocial and medical risk factors for depressed mood in ambulatory head and neck cancer patients. Depressed mood and coping style were assess ed with the Profile of Mood States (POMS) and the Mental Adjustment to Canc er (MAC) scales, respectively, in 99 ambulatory head and neck cancer patien ts. Simultaneously, patients' social support and satisfaction with it, and sociodemographic and medical data were obtained. Multiple regression analys is revealed that advanced disease, being unmarried, and helpless/hopeless c oping were significantly associated with depressed mood. The results sugges t that we should identify these factors and target psychosocial interventio n for those patients most at risk. Copyright (C) 1999 John Wiley & Sons, Lt d.