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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
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cancer survivorship head and neck cancer psychosocial intervention development qualitative self-management QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEDICAL REHABILITATION DISPOSITIONAL OPTIMISM RANDOMIZED-TRIAL META-SYNTHESIS HEALTH INTERVENTIONS OUTCOMES DEFINITION EDUCATION
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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.
10.1002/pon.4447
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