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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/160496
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Factors affecting attention prior to treatment for breast cancer
Abstract:
Factors affecting attention prior to treatment for breast cancer
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2001
Author:Veltman, Rebecca
P.I. Institution Name:University of Michigan
Contact Address:School of Nursing, 400 North Ingalls, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-0482, USA
Contact Telephone:616.226.8290
Women's ability to make decisions and cope with breast cancer diagnosis and treatment is influenced by the cognitive capacity to focus and concentrate or to direct attention. The purpose of the study was to determine factors that affect the capacity to direct attention (CDA) in women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Participants were 140 women, ranging in age from 27 - 86 years, who were tested prior to treatment using standard measures of CDA, Digit Span Forward and Backward, Trail Making A and B, and Trail Making Errors. A multiple regression model was constructed to examine the influence of demographic and medical characteristics including age, education, symptom distress, and other health problems on attentional performance. The final model accounted for 9-37% of the variance in the measures of CDA, with age and years of education accounting for the majority of the variance in the scores. Other health problems and symptom distress did not add significantly to the model. These findings suggest that both increased age and lower educational level can negatively impact attentional performance in women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Further research is needed to determine how prolonged illness may further mpact individuals with lowered CDA prior to 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.titleFactors affecting attention prior to treatment for breast canceren_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/160496-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Factors affecting attention prior to treatment for breast cancer</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">2001</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Veltman, Rebecca</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Michigan</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">School of Nursing, 400 North Ingalls, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-0482, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">616.226.8290</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">rveltman@umich.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Women's ability to make decisions and cope with breast cancer diagnosis and treatment is influenced by the cognitive capacity to focus and concentrate or to direct attention. The purpose of the study was to determine factors that affect the capacity to direct attention (CDA) in women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Participants were 140 women, ranging in age from 27 - 86 years, who were tested prior to treatment using standard measures of CDA, Digit Span Forward and Backward, Trail Making A and B, and Trail Making Errors. A multiple regression model was constructed to examine the influence of demographic and medical characteristics including age, education, symptom distress, and other health problems on attentional performance. The final model accounted for 9-37% of the variance in the measures of CDA, with age and years of education accounting for the majority of the variance in the scores. Other health problems and symptom distress did not add significantly to the model. These findings suggest that both increased age and lower educational level can negatively impact attentional performance in women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Further research is needed to determine how prolonged illness may further mpact individuals with lowered CDA prior to treatment.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T22:59:54Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T22:59:54Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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