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Fear of cancer recurrence : a systematic literature review of self-report measures

Thewes Belinda, Butow Phillis, Zachariae Robert, Christensen Soren, Simard Sébastien et Gotay Carolyn. (2012). Fear of cancer recurrence : a systematic literature review of self-report measures. Psycho-Oncology, 21, (6), p. 571-587.

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Background : Prior research has shown that many cancer survivors experience ongoing fears of cancer recurrence (FCR) and that this chronic uncertainty of health status during and after cancer treatment can be a significant psychological burden. The field of research on FCR is an emerging area of investigation in the cancer survivorship literature, and several standardised instruments for its assessment have been developed.

Aims : This review aims to identify all available FCR-specific questionnaires and subscales and critically appraise their properties.

Methods : A systematic review was undertaken to identify instruments measuring FCR. Relevant studies were identified via Medline (1950–2010), CINAHL (1982–2010), PsycINFO (1967–2010) and AMED (1985–2010) databases, reference lists of articles and reviews, grey literature databases and consultation with experts in the field. The Medical Outcomes Trust criteria were used to examine the psychometric properties of the questionnaires.

Results : A total of 20 relevant multi-item measures were identified. The majority of instruments have demonstrated reliability and preliminary evidence of validity. Relatively few brief measures (2–10 items) were found to have comprehensive validation and reliability data available. Several valid and reliable longer measures (>10 items) are available. Three have developed short forms that may prove useful as screening tools.

Conclusions : This analysis indicated that further refinement and validation of existing instruments is required. Valid and reliable instruments are needed for both research and clinical care.

Type de document:Article publié dans une revue avec comité d'évaluation
Pages:p. 571-587
Version évaluée par les pairs:Oui
Sujets:Sciences sociales et humaines > Sciences sociales > Psychologie
Sciences de la santé
Département, module, service et unité de recherche:Départements et modules > Département des sciences de la santé > Module de psychologie
Mots-clés:fear of recurrence, cancer, oncology, self-report measures, questionnaires, peur de récidive du cancer, oncologie, stress psychologique, mesures autorapportées
Déposé le:20 déc. 2017 00:50
Dernière modification:20 déc. 2017 00:50
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