A longitudinal investigation of psychological disorders in patients prior and subsequent to a diagnosis of ovarian cancer

V Goncalves, G Jayson, N Tarrier

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    Abstract

    This longitudinal study investigated levels of anxiety and depression in women who underwent clinical investigations to diagnose a possible ovarian cancer. Women completed the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS), prior to clinical investigations (Time 1), after receiving diagnostic results (Time 2) and at 3 months follow-up (Time 3). Thirty women completed the assessments at Time 1 and Time 2, and 22 women were re-assessed at Time 3. The majority of the sample (56%) scored as a case of anxiety prior to clinical investigations. A significant decrease in anxiety and depression across time was found. Levels of anxiety and depression between women with a subsequent cancer diagnosis and women with a benign result were not significantly different. This study showed that clinical investigations are a highly anxiety-provoking event. In addition, the diagnosis of cancer did not significantly elevate or maintain levels of anxiety and depression compared to a benign diagnosis.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)167-73
    JournalJ Clin Psychol Med Settings
    Volume17
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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