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Mandatory Fields
Dunne, S;Mooney, O;Coffey, L;Sharp, L;Timmons, A;Desmond, D;Gooberman-Hill, R;O'Sullivan, E;Keogh, I;Timon, C;Gallagher, P*
2017
December
Psycho-Oncology
Self-management strategies used by head and neck cancer survivors following completion of primary treatment: A directed content analysis
Published
7 ()
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QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEDICAL REHABILITATION DISPOSITIONAL OPTIMISM RANDOMIZED-TRIAL META-SYNTHESIS HEALTH INTERVENTIONS OUTCOMES DEFINITION EDUCATION
26
2194
2200
ObjectiveHead and neck cancer (HNC) survivors encounter unique challenges following treatment. This study aimed to identify self-management strategies that HNC survivors use to overcome these posttreatment challenges. MethodsTwenty-seven individuals from 4 designated cancer centres in Ireland were interviewed about self-management strategies that helped them overcome challenges following HNC treatment. Interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed, and analysed using directed content analysis. ResultsTwenty self-management strategy types (encompassing 77 specific strategies) were identified. The most frequently used self-management strategy types were self-sustaining (used by 26 survivors), self-motivating (n=25), and proactive problem solving (n=25). The most frequently used specific strategies were adaptive approaches to ongoing physical consequences of HNC and its treatment (n=24), customising dietary practices (n=24), and maintaining a positive outlook (n=22). ConclusionsThe study identified strategies that helped HNC survivors to self-manage posttreatment challenges. This information could inform the design/development of self-management interventions tailored towards HNC survivors.
HOBOKEN
1057-9249
10.1002/pon.4447
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