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Changes in psychosocial distress over time amongst cancer patients: Psychosocial data in cancer patients’ medical notes

Pirri, C. (2003) Changes in psychosocial distress over time amongst cancer patients: Psychosocial data in cancer patients’ medical notes. In: 38th Annual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society, 2-5 October 2003, Sheraton Hotel, Perth, Western Australia.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1742-9536.2003.tb01891...
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Abstract

Change scores refer to the difference between two scores for a study participant over time. Several methods have been promoted in the literature regarding ways in which to analyse and interpret such changes including change between baseline and post-treatment; percentage change between baseline and post-treatment and analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) with baseline score as covariate. The statistical power of each of these methods is variable with the latter affording the highest power. Anxiety and depression is highly prevalent amongst cancer patients. A longitudinal data set has been collected at RPH investigating patients’ quality of life (QOL) including psychosocial morbidity. Standardised measures were administered to a series of 198 chemotherapy patients at: (a) pretreatment, (b) on-treatment (8 weeks), (c) post-treatment. Data will be presented highlighting changes over time in domains of quality of life and psycho-social distress amongst cancer patients.

Publication Type: Conference Item
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Psychology
Publisher: Wiley
Copyright: Australian Psychological Society
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/20774
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