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High demoralization in a minority of oophorectomized BRCA1/2 mutation carriers influences quality of life.

TitelHigh demoralization in a minority of oophorectomized BRCA1/2 mutation carriers influences quality of life.
PublicatietypeJournal Article
Jaar van publicatie2017
Auteursde Jong MArts-, DeJong CA, Hermens RP, Kissane DW, Massuger LM, Hoogerbrugge N, Prins JB, deHullu JA
UitgaveJ Psychosom Obstet Gynaecol
Pagina's1-9
Publicatiedatum2017 Mar 10
ISSN1743-8942
Samenvatting

INTRODUCTION: Demoralization is a relatively neglected issue in which low morale and poor coping result from a stressor such as familial cancer risk. Female BRCA1/2 mutation carriers are highly susceptible for developing breast and ovarian cancer. The aim of this study was to evaluate demoralization in oophorectomized BRCA1/2 mutation carriers and its relation to quality of life.

METHODS: This cross-sectional study examined 288 oophorectomized BRCA1/2 mutation carriers using the following standardized self-report measures: Demoralization Scale, EORTC Quality of Life Questionnaire-C30, State-Trait Anxiety Inventory and the Cancer Worry Scale.

RESULTS: The mean score on the Demoralization Scale was 17.8 (SD 14.0). A clinically significant level of demoralization, defined as a score ≥30, was found in 45 BRCA1/2 mutation carriers (16%). Being highly demoralized was associated with a significantly lower quality of life, and higher levels of physical problems, anxiety and cancer worries. No demographic or clinical factors could predict higher levels of demoralization.

CONCLUSIONS: Our findings established that a clear proportion of oophorectomized BRCA1/2 mutation carriers experience demoralization impacting on their well-being. Further research is needed to explore the natural trajectory of demoralization and the resultant need for support in these women.

DOI10.1080/0167482X.2017.1296429
Alternatieve uitgaveJ Psychosom Obstet Gynaecol
PubMed ID28279121