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Fear of Cancer Recurrence and Utilisation of the Irish Health Care System

Curran, Laura (2021) Fear of Cancer Recurrence and Utilisation of the Irish Health Care System. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

The current study sought to identify if cervical cancer survivor’s levels of fear of cancer recurrence changed over time since treatment; Furthermore, if a relationship exists between fear of cancer recurrence and health care usage. The hypotheses presented were that fear of cancer recurrence would decrease the greater time post treatment and that cervical cancer survivors with high levels of fear of recurrence will have high health care system usage. Participants (N=46) completed a survey containing demographics, the Fear of Cancer Recurrence Inventory and the Adapted CBMTG Healthcare Utilization Questionnaire online. An ANOVA tested the first hypothesis, reporting significant results across the three groups F (2, 43) = 3.3, p = .046, with a large effect size (eta squared = .13), in group three. Results of hierarchical multiple regression found that fear of cancer recurrence did not predict health care use. The results of the study identified high levels of fear of cancer recurrence up to six years post treatment suggesting early identification and interventions are required to assist recovery. Initiatives such as the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) survivorship programme could lend support by encompassing this population.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
Q Science > Life sciences > Medical sciences > Pathology > Tumors > Cancer
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Emotions
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2021 14:31
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2021 13:25
URI: http://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/4923

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