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    Self-management strategies used by head and neck cancer survivors following completion of primary treatment: A directed content analysis


    Dunne, Simon and Mooney, Orla and Coffey, Laura and Sharp, Linda and Timmons, Aileen Mary and Desmond, Deirdre and Gooberman-Hill, Rachael and O'Sullivan, Eleanor and Keogh, Ivan and Timon, Conrad and Gallagher, Pamela (2017) Self-management strategies used by head and neck cancer survivors following completion of primary treatment: A directed content analysis. Psycho-Oncology, 26 (12). ISSN 1099-1611

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    Abstract

    Objective: Head 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. Methods: Twenty‐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. Results: Twenty 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). Conclusions: The 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.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the preprint version of the published article, which is available at Dunne S, Mooney O, Coffey L, et al. Self ‐ management strategies used by head and neck cancer sur- vivors following completion of primary treatment: A directed content analysis. Psycho ‐ Oncology . 2017;26:2194 – 2200. https://doi.org/10.1002/pon.4447
    Keywords: cancer survivorship; head and neck cancer; psychosocial intervention development; qualitative; self‐management;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 10591
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1002/pon.4447
    Depositing User: Laura Coffey
    Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2019 15:34
    Journal or Publication Title: Psycho-Oncology
    Publisher: Wiley
    Refereed: Yes
    Funders: Health Research Board, Irish Cancer Society
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