A systematic review of the impact of stigma and nihilism on lung cancer outcomes

Chambers, Suzanne K. and Dunn, Jeffrey ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1180-3381 and Occhipinti, Stefano and Hughes, Suzanne and Baade, Peter and Sinclair, Sue and Aitken, Joanne and Youl, Pip and O'Connell, Dianne L. (2012) A systematic review of the impact of stigma and nihilism on lung cancer outcomes. BMC Cancer, 12 (184).

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Background: This study systematically reviewed the evidence on the influence of stigma and nihilism on lung cancer patterns of care; patients' psychosocial and quality of life (QOL) outcomes; and how this may link to public health programs.Methods: Medline, EMBASE, ProQuest, CINAHL, PsycINFO databases were searched. Inclusion criteria were: included lung cancer patients and/or partners or caregivers and/or health professionals (either at least 80% of participants had lung cancer or were partners or caregivers of lung cancer patients, or there was a lung cancer specific sub-group focus or analysis), assessed stigma or nihilism with respect to lung cancer and published in English between 1st January 1999 and 31st January 2011. Trial quality and levels of evidence were assessed.Results: Eighteen articles describing 15 studies met inclusion criteria. The seven qualitative studies were high quality with regard to data collection, analysis and reporting; however most lacked a clear theoretical framework; did not address interviewer bias; or provide a rationale for sample size. The eight quantitative studies were generally of low quality with highly selected samples, non-comparable groups and low participation rates and employed divergent theoretical and measurement approaches. Stigma about lung cancer was reported by patients and health professionals and was related to poorer QOL and higher psychological distress in patients. Clear empirical explorations of nihilism were not evident. There is qualitative evidence that from the patients' perspectives public health programs contribute to stigma about lung cancer and this was supported by published commentary.Conclusions: Health-related stigma presents as a part of the lung cancer experience however there are clear limitations in the research to date. Future longitudinal and multi-level research is needed and this should be more clearly linked to relevant theory.

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Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2017 23:14
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2022 02:53
Uncontrolled Keywords: Health-related stigma; Lung neoplasms; Systematic review; Therapeutic nihilism; Chest Diseases, Thoracic Surgery and Tuberculosis; Cancer;
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1112 Oncology and Carcinogenesis > 111299 Oncology and Carcinogenesis not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3211 Oncology and carcinogenesis > 321199 Oncology and carcinogenesis not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2407-12-184
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/32049

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