Inner Strength as a Predictor of Quality of Life and Self-Management in Women with Cancer

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/147078
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Presentation
Title:
Inner Strength as a Predictor of Quality of Life and Self-Management in Women with Cancer
Abstract:
Inner Strength as a Predictor of Quality of Life and Self-Management in Women with Cancer
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2009
Author:Dingley, Catherine E., RN, PhD, FNP
P.I. Institution Name:Denver Health Medical Center
Title:Assistant Research Scientist, Nursing
Co-Authors:Gayle Roux, PhD, RN, NP-C
[Scientific Session Presentation] Advances in cancer treatment and detection have led to increased survival rates, resulting in women across the world living with cancer just as others live with similar chronic conditions. The growing increase in cancer survivorship presents a global challenge to expand the knowledge base of human responses to chronic yet presumably fatal conditions. Utilizing a non-experimental survey design, this study examined the relationships among the primary variables in the Theory of Inner Strength (i.e., inner strength, quality of life, and self-management) in a population sample of women with cancer. The variable of inner strength was hypothesized to predict enhanced quality of life and self-management in women surviving cancer. Demographic and clinical characteristics (including depression) were also examined for potential confounding effects. One hundred seven participants were recruited from oncology treatment settings at two urban cancer care centers. Statistical analyses revealed the most predictive variables for QOL were depression, inner strength, and time since diagnosis. Due to the high potential for multicollinearity between the depression and inner strength measures, a second analysis was computed without the depression measure. When removing depression from the model, the most predictive variables for QOL were inner strength, time since diagnosis, and number of comorbid conditions. The predictive model was also statistically significant for self-management with depression and inner strength being the most predictive.  The Theory of Inner Strength in women has been developed and researched as a gender-sensitive theory in diverse populations of urban and rural women, women living in challenging social conditions in Central America, and women with chronic health conditions such as breast cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, and transplantation. The current study progresses previous descriptive scholarly work and theory development toward a predictive model and provides a foundation for theoretically based assessments and interventions that have potential to improve health outcomes.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleInner Strength as a Predictor of Quality of Life and Self-Management in Women with Canceren_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/147078-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Inner Strength as a Predictor of Quality of Life and Self-Management in Women with Cancer</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2009</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Dingley, Catherine E., RN, PhD, FNP</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Denver Health Medical Center</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Research Scientist, Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">cdingley@aol.com</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Gayle Roux, PhD, RN, NP-C</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Scientific Session Presentation] Advances in cancer treatment and detection have led to increased survival rates, resulting in women across the world living with cancer just as others live with similar chronic conditions. The growing increase in cancer survivorship presents a global challenge to expand the knowledge base of human responses to chronic yet presumably fatal conditions. Utilizing a non-experimental survey design, this study examined the relationships among the primary variables in the Theory of Inner Strength (i.e., inner strength, quality of life, and self-management) in a population sample of women with cancer. The variable of inner strength was hypothesized to predict enhanced quality of life and self-management in women surviving cancer. Demographic and clinical characteristics (including depression) were also examined for potential confounding effects. One hundred seven participants were recruited from oncology treatment settings at two urban cancer care centers. Statistical analyses revealed the most predictive variables for QOL were depression, inner strength, and time since diagnosis. Due to the high potential for multicollinearity between the depression and inner strength measures, a second analysis was computed without the depression measure. When removing depression from the model, the most predictive variables for QOL were inner strength, time since diagnosis, and number of comorbid conditions. The predictive model was also statistically significant for self-management with depression and inner strength being the most predictive. &nbsp;The Theory of Inner Strength in women has been developed and researched as a gender-sensitive theory in diverse populations of urban and rural women, women living in challenging social conditions in Central America, and women with chronic health conditions such as breast cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, and transplantation. The current study progresses previous descriptive scholarly work and theory development toward a predictive model and provides a foundation for theoretically based assessments and interventions that have potential to improve health outcomes.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T09:29:04Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T09:29:04Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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