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Predictors of psychological distress and interest in mental health services in individuals with cancer
University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications
  • Erin L. O'Hea, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Brigitte R. Monahan, Stonehill College
  • Alexandra Cutillo, University of Alabama - Birmingham
  • Sharina D. Person, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Grant Grissom, Polaris Health Directions
  • Edwin D. Boudreaux, University of Massachusetts Medical School
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Emergency Medicine; Department of Psychiatry; Department of Quantitative Health Sciences
Date
9-9-2014
Document Type
Article
Abstract
Identifying risk factors for psychological distress in patients with cancer may help providers more efficiently screen, identify, and manage distress. This article presents predictors of psychological distress in a large heterogeneous sample of cancer patients. In total, 836 patients were enrolled in a large randomized control trial and completed computerized psychosocial assessments Mental Health Assessment and Dynamic Referral for Oncology. Multivariate regressions examined predictors of distress and interest in mental health services. Final models suggest that psychological distress was related to six variables, and interest in mental health services was related to previous history of mental health counseling, total number of cancer-related symptoms, and race/ethnicity. Results may be used to identify high-risk patients who may benefit from proactive psychosocial interventions.
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Citation: J Health Psychol. 2014 Sep 9. pii: 1359105314547752. Link to article on publisher's site. [Epub ahead of print]
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Link to Article in PubMed
Keywords
  • cancer,
  • intervention,
  • psychological distress,
  • risk factors,
  • social support
PubMed ID
25205777
Citation Information
Erin L. O'Hea, Brigitte R. Monahan, Alexandra Cutillo, Sharina D. Person, et al.. "Predictors of psychological distress and interest in mental health services in individuals with cancer" (2014) ISSN: 1359-1053 (Linking)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/edwin_boudreaux/96/