Illness acceptance as mediator for cancer-related complaints and psychological distresses among Malaysian cancer patients

Yoke Yong Chen, Mahadir Ahmad, Fuad Ismail

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Aim: The present study investigated the relationship between psychological problems, illness acceptance and cancer-related complaints among Malaysian cancer patients. Patients & methods: One hundred and six cancer patients were recruited and were requested to complete validated self-reported questionnaires that measured their psychological distresses, sleep quality, pain, fatigue and illness acceptance. Results: There was a significant relationship between cancer-related symptoms, illness acceptance and psychological distresses commonly experienced by local cancer patients (p < 0.05). Illness acceptance was shown to be a mediator of cancer-related complaints and psychological distresses. Conclusion: Malaysian cancer patients with more cancer-related complaints reported a higher level of psychological distresses and poorer illness acceptance. Increased level of illness acceptance was suggested in managing cancer patients with psychological distresses and cancer-related complaints.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1759-1770
Number of pages12
JournalFuture Oncology
Volume15
Issue number15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2019

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Keywords

  • cancer
  • illness acceptance
  • Malaysian
  • mediator
  • psychological distresses

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  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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Illness acceptance as mediator for cancer-related complaints and psychological distresses among Malaysian cancer patients. / Chen, Yoke Yong; Ahmad, Mahadir; Ismail, Fuad.

In: Future Oncology, Vol. 15, No. 15, 01.05.2019, p. 1759-1770.

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