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Psychological coping factors associated with breast cancer-related fatigue: a systematic review of recent evidence for stages 0-III (2015-2021)

Schaab, Michael (2021) Psychological coping factors associated with breast cancer-related fatigue: a systematic review of recent evidence for stages 0-III (2015-2021).

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Abstract:Background and research objective: Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) is a common, distressing, and difficult to treat symptom for both breast cancer patients and survivors. This review investigates psychological coping factors, as defined in the Lazarus (1999) coping model, associated with breast CRF and how much evidence supports them. Method: A comprehensive literature search was conducted. Seven quantitative articles with a sample size of 100 or more stage 0-III breast cancer patients or survivors were included in the final sample. Sufficient inter-rater reliability between two raters was reached in the title, abstract and full-text scan. Results: Sense of coherence and reassurance of worth were negatively associated with total breast CRF. Subjective/perceived stress, meaning-focused coping, and breast-related stereotype threat were positively associated with total breast CRF. Reassurance of worth, nurturance, and optimism were negatively associated with mental fatigue. Optimism was also negatively associated with reduced motivation. A preliminary heuristic coping model was constructed. Discussion and conclusion: This review provides a preliminary heuristic model that can provide insight into psychological coping factors associated with breast CRF, inspire interventions and treatment, illustrate gaps in current literature and the need for further research to solidify the model. Differing levels of evidence are discussed.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:44 medicine, 77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/88496
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