The Relationship of Age and Number of Co-Morbidities to Physical Function and Symptom Burden Outcomes in Older Adults Undergoing Cancer Treatment?

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/158741
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Presentation
Title:
The Relationship of Age and Number of Co-Morbidities to Physical Function and Symptom Burden Outcomes in Older Adults Undergoing Cancer Treatment?
Abstract:
The Relationship of Age and Number of Co-Morbidities to Physical Function and Symptom Burden Outcomes in Older Adults Undergoing Cancer Treatment?
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2009
Author:Soltow, Denise, MSN
P.I. Institution Name:Michigan State University
Contact Address:P.O. Box 1, Mason, MI, 48854, USA
Contact Telephone:9895064859
Co-Authors:D.M. Soltow, B. Given, College of Nursing, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI; C. Given, Department of Family Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI;
Sixty-percent of all new cancers occur in adults 65 years of age or older. Many of these individuals will have 2 or more chronic conditions when diagnosed with cancer. Little is known regarding the impact age and co-morbidities have on health related outcomes, symptom burden and physical function, in this population. This study seeks to describe the relationship between age and co-morbidities in individuals over 65 who are undergoing treatment for cancer. Ferrans (2004) revised health related quality of life model provides the framework for this study. Secondary analysis was utilized to examine data collected from two randomized controlled trials. The sample consists of 715 subjects, 21 years of age or older, undergoing treatment for cancer. Symptom burden was broken into three categories; severity, interference and number of symptoms. Symptom severity and interference was measured on a 0 - 10 scale. Symptom interference included four dimensions, interference with mood, daily activities, enjoyment in life and relationships. Physical function was measured using the SF-36 physical function subscale. Patients 65 years of age an older undergoing treatment for cancer with 3 or more co-morbidities, had greater cancer related symptom severity, interference, and reported a more symptoms (p = .000), when compared to those with 2 or less comorbidities. The number of co-morbidities was also significantly related to the level of physical functioning in individual older adults. Individuals with 3 or more co-morbidities had lower levels of physical functioning, when compared to individuals with 2 or less co-morbidities (p=.000). By being aware of the impact cancer treatment has on older adults in relation to there age and co-morbidities, allows nurses to better discuss treatment options with the patient, as well as implement interventions earlier to prevent the impact age and co-morbidities has on older adults undergoing treatment.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Relationship of Age and Number of Co-Morbidities to Physical Function and Symptom Burden Outcomes in Older Adults Undergoing Cancer Treatment?en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/158741-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">The Relationship of Age and Number of Co-Morbidities to Physical Function and Symptom Burden Outcomes in Older Adults Undergoing Cancer Treatment?</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</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">Soltow, Denise, MSN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Michigan State University</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">P.O. Box 1, Mason, MI, 48854, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">9895064859</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">soltowde@msu.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">D.M. Soltow, B. Given, College of Nursing, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI; C. Given, Department of Family Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI;</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Sixty-percent of all new cancers occur in adults 65 years of age or older. Many of these individuals will have 2 or more chronic conditions when diagnosed with cancer. Little is known regarding the impact age and co-morbidities have on health related outcomes, symptom burden and physical function, in this population. This study seeks to describe the relationship between age and co-morbidities in individuals over 65 who are undergoing treatment for cancer. Ferrans (2004) revised health related quality of life model provides the framework for this study. Secondary analysis was utilized to examine data collected from two randomized controlled trials. The sample consists of 715 subjects, 21 years of age or older, undergoing treatment for cancer. Symptom burden was broken into three categories; severity, interference and number of symptoms. Symptom severity and interference was measured on a 0 - 10 scale. Symptom interference included four dimensions, interference with mood, daily activities, enjoyment in life and relationships. Physical function was measured using the SF-36 physical function subscale. Patients 65 years of age an older undergoing treatment for cancer with 3 or more co-morbidities, had greater cancer related symptom severity, interference, and reported a more symptoms (p = .000), when compared to those with 2 or less comorbidities. The number of co-morbidities was also significantly related to the level of physical functioning in individual older adults. Individuals with 3 or more co-morbidities had lower levels of physical functioning, when compared to individuals with 2 or less co-morbidities (p=.000). By being aware of the impact cancer treatment has on older adults in relation to there age and co-morbidities, allows nurses to better discuss treatment options with the patient, as well as implement interventions earlier to prevent the impact age and co-morbidities has on older adults undergoing treatment.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T21:21:04Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T21:21:04Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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