Leukemia Patients in Early Survivorship: Comparison of Reported Financial Distress During, After, and Three- and Six-Months Post-Treatment
Creators:Stout, Robin Pamela
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. College of Nursing Undergraduate Research Theses; 2012
Despite the high level of distress that accompanies the diagnosis of acute leukemia, little is published about how and when to address patient-reported financial distress. This article reviews the level and source of self-reported distress in early survivorship as associated with pre- and post-diagnosis financial income and insurability. Individuals with a new diagnosis of acute leukemia were recruited from a Midwestern comprehensive cancer center. Self-report questionnaires were distributed to individuals during active cancer treatment, at its end, and during 3-, and 6- month post-treatment follow-up visits. Participants were asked to complete a demographic questionnaire, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Distress Thermometer and related 38-item problem list and two author-derived free response items to elicit priority bothersome symptoms and causes of distress. Results indicated that 62% of participants (N=100) rated their distress as 4 or higher indicating moderate to severe psychological distress (Holland & Bultz, 2007). In the free response section top distressors included: disease symptoms, work/financial, and family/children. The results indicate that leukemia survivors experience a multitude of obstacles and challenges that extend beyond their cancer treatment. Acute leukemia patients and their families may benefit from Survivorship Care.
Funded by National Cancer Comprehensive Network (NCCN) Young Investigator’s Award. Lester, J., Awardee & Principal Investigator
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