|Title||Health and well-being in older married female cancer survivors.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2009|
|Authors||Townsend, AL, Ishler, KJ, Bowman, KF, Rose, JHannum, Peak, NJuszczak|
|Journal||J Am Geriatr Soc|
|Volume||57 Suppl 2|
|Date Published||2009 Nov|
|Keywords||Age Factors, Case-Control Studies, Depressive Disorder, Female, Health Status, Health Status Indicators, Health Surveys, Humans, Marriage, Middle Aged, Neoplasms, Predictive Value of Tests, Risk Factors, Survivors, United States|
OBJECTIVES: To investigate differences between older married female cancer survivors and a matched comparison sample on physical health and on effects of health on depressive symptomatology.
DESIGN AND SETTING: National survey data from the 1992 Health and Retirement Study.
PARTICIPANTS: Married women who reported having been diagnosed with cancer (N=245) and married women who did not report a cancer diagnosis but who matched the survivors on age, race, and ethnicity (N=245).
MEASUREMENTS: Outcome measure was depressive symptomatology (modified CES-D). Predictors were multiple indicators of health and demographic characteristics.
RESULTS: Cancer survivors reported significantly worse health on all indicators but not higher depressive symptomatology after health and demographics were controlled. Predictors of higher depression were fatigue, pain, and lower education. These effects did not differ between groups.
CONCLUSION: Health impairment in cancer survivors highlights the need for ongoing follow-up care. Survivorship was associated indirectly with higher depressive symptomatology through its relationship with health impairment.
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|Alternate Journal||J Am Geriatr Soc|
|PubMed Central ID||PMC3372320|
|Grant List||P20 CA103736 / CA / NCI NIH HHS / United States|