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Oncol Nurs Forum. 2018 Nov 1;45(6):737-747. doi: 10.1188/18.ONF.737-747.

Impact of Perceived Stigma in People Newly Diagnosed With Lung Cancer: A Cross-Sectional Analysis.

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1
University of Newcastle.
2
Hunter Medical Research Institute.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To investigate perceived stigma and its possible associations with treatment expectations and preferences in newly diagnosed patients with lung cancer.

SAMPLE & SETTING:

274 patients with lung cancer diagnosed in the previous four months at oncology and respiratory outpatient clinics in Australia.

METHODS & VARIABLES:

Participants completed a self-report survey about perceived lung cancer stigma and treatment expectations and preferences.

RESULTS:

A mean perceived stigma score of 52 of a possible 124 was reported, which is lower than scores reported in other studies using the same measure; the current study determined that perceived lung cancer stigma was observed less frequently. Significantly higher scores were observed in participants who were younger or who had a history of smoking. Perceived lung cancer stigma was significantly related to treatment expectations. No relationship was found between perceived lung cancer stigma and treatment preferences.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING:

Healthcare providers are in a key position to provide support and communicate empathetically with patients to minimize potential stigma experiences.

KEYWORDS:

decision making; lung cancer; patient preferences; perceived stigma; treatment

PMID:
30339153
DOI:
10.1188/18.ONF.737-747
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