Mental health outcomes during colorectal cancer survivorship: A review of the literature

Catherine E. Mosher, Joseph G. Winger, Barbara A. Given, Paul Helft, Bert H. O'Neil

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Abstract

Objective: This article reviews literature on adults' mental health outcomes during acute and long-term colorectal cancer (CRC) survivorship. Methods: We identified articles that included at least one measure of psychological symptoms or mental quality of life or well-being through a search of databases (CINAHL, MEDLINE, PsycINFO, and PsycARTICLES). Articles were published between January 2004 and April 2015. Results: A significant proportion of CRC survivors experience clinically meaningful levels of anxiety and depressive symptoms or reduced mental well-being across the trajectory of the illness. Demographic, medical, and psychosocial predictors of mental health outcomes were identified. However, few studies were theory-driven, and gaps remain in our understanding of risk and protective factors with respect to mental health outcomes, especially during long-term CRC survivorship. Conclusions: Theory-driven longitudinal research with larger samples is required to identify subgroups of CRC survivors with different trajectories of psychological adjustment. Such research would assess adjustment as a function of internal resources (e.g., personality and coping) and external resources (e.g., finances and social support) to inform future interventions for CRC survivors.

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JournalPsycho-Oncology
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StateAccepted/In press - 2015

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Colorectal Neoplasms
Mental Health
Survival Rate
Survivors
Social Adjustment
Research
MEDLINE
Social Support
Personality
Anxiety
Quality of Life
Demography
Databases
Depression
Psychology

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  • Oncology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology

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Mental health outcomes during colorectal cancer survivorship : A review of the literature. / Mosher, Catherine E.; Winger, Joseph G.; Given, Barbara A.; Helft, Paul; O'Neil, Bert H.

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Mosher, Catherine E. ; Winger, Joseph G. ; Given, Barbara A. ; Helft, Paul ; O'Neil, Bert H. / Mental health outcomes during colorectal cancer survivorship : A review of the literature. In: Psycho-Oncology. 2015.
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