Systematic review of research into the psychological aspects of prostate cancer in Asia: what do we know?

Chambers, Suzanne Kathleen and Hyde, Melissa Karen and Ip, David Fu-Keung and Dunn, Jeffrey Charles ORCID: and Gardiner, Robert Alexander (2013) Systematic review of research into the psychological aspects of prostate cancer in Asia: what do we know? Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, 14 (4). pp. 2621-2626. ISSN 1513-7368


Background: To review the peer reviewed literature on the psychological aspects of the prostate cancer
experience of men in Asia. Materials and Methods: Medline and PsycINFO, CINAHL, ProQuest, and Web of
Science (1999 – November Week 4, 2012) were searched. Inclusion criteria were: included men with prostate
cancer and/or their partners or caregivers who identify as Asian recruited in an Asian country; and assessed
health-related quality of life, psychological and social adjustment relating to prostate cancer and published in
English after 1st January 1999 and prior to 30th November, 2012. Study aims; design; quality; level of evidence,
and key results were assessed. Results: 43 articles met all inclusion criteria and were retained for initial review.
Of these most focussed on health-related QOL with only five evidence Level IV studies from Japan and Taiwan
including a specific psychological focus. Of these, one was a cross-sectional case control study; three were crosssectional
descriptive quantitative designs; one was a cross-sectional descriptive qualitative study. From the data
available, a substantive sub group of men with prostate cancer (approximately one third) in these countries
experience clinically high psychological distress and decision regret. Conclusions: Research on the psychological
needs of men with the increasingly prevalent condition of prostate cancer in Asian countries is scant with only a
small number of low level evidence descriptive studies identified. Future research to underpin the development
and evaluation of effective and culturally relevant psychological and supportive care interventions for such men
is urgently needed.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Prostate cancer - systematic review - psychological adjustment - quality of life - Asia
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
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