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Quality of life of African American breast cancer survivors: how much do we know?
Cancer Nurs 2008 Nov-Dec; 31(6):E36-45CN

Abstract

Women affected by breast cancer experience an array of quality-of-life issues that affect their daily living in both short-term and long-term survivorship. Because African American women experience disparities in breast cancer survival, their quality-of-life concerns may paint a different picture from those of other racial and ethnic groups. To gain a better understanding of quality of life in African American women breast cancer survivors, we conducted a review, using an adaptation of Brenner's quality-of-life proximal-distal continuum, of studies that have investigated these women's experiences and associated variables. Twenty-six studies, qualitative and quantitative, were reviewed that identified both deficits and positive outcomes of breast cancer treatment and sequelae, including physical, emotional, social, and patient-provider problems as well as heightened spirituality and positive growth. Although overall global quality of life was favorable in both African American and white survivors, differences existed in the nature and extent of deficits between these 2 survivor groups. Nursing implications of this review point to the need for further rigorous research and wide dissemination of results. Recommendations for practice include tailoring assessments and interventions within the context of the lives of African American women breast cancer survivors.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, IN 46202, USA. katrusse@iupui.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18987506

Citation

Russell, Kathleen M., et al. "Quality of Life of African American Breast Cancer Survivors: How Much Do We Know?" Cancer Nursing, vol. 31, no. 6, 2008, pp. E36-45.
Russell KM, Von Ah DM, Giesler RB, et al. Quality of life of African American breast cancer survivors: how much do we know? Cancer Nurs. 2008;31(6):E36-45.
Russell, K. M., Von Ah, D. M., Giesler, R. B., Storniolo, A. M., & Haase, J. E. (2008). Quality of life of African American breast cancer survivors: how much do we know? Cancer Nursing, 31(6), pp. E36-45. doi:10.1097/01.NCC.0000339254.68324.d7.
Russell KM, et al. Quality of Life of African American Breast Cancer Survivors: How Much Do We Know. Cancer Nurs. 2008;31(6):E36-45. PubMed PMID: 18987506.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Quality of life of African American breast cancer survivors: how much do we know? AU - Russell,Kathleen M, AU - Von Ah,Diane M, AU - Giesler,R Brian, AU - Storniolo,Anna M, AU - Haase,Joan E, PY - 2008/11/7/pubmed PY - 2009/3/11/medline PY - 2008/11/7/entrez SP - E36 EP - 45 JF - Cancer nursing JO - Cancer Nurs VL - 31 IS - 6 N2 - Women affected by breast cancer experience an array of quality-of-life issues that affect their daily living in both short-term and long-term survivorship. Because African American women experience disparities in breast cancer survival, their quality-of-life concerns may paint a different picture from those of other racial and ethnic groups. To gain a better understanding of quality of life in African American women breast cancer survivors, we conducted a review, using an adaptation of Brenner's quality-of-life proximal-distal continuum, of studies that have investigated these women's experiences and associated variables. Twenty-six studies, qualitative and quantitative, were reviewed that identified both deficits and positive outcomes of breast cancer treatment and sequelae, including physical, emotional, social, and patient-provider problems as well as heightened spirituality and positive growth. Although overall global quality of life was favorable in both African American and white survivors, differences existed in the nature and extent of deficits between these 2 survivor groups. Nursing implications of this review point to the need for further rigorous research and wide dissemination of results. Recommendations for practice include tailoring assessments and interventions within the context of the lives of African American women breast cancer survivors. SN - 1538-9804 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18987506/Quality_of_life_of_African_American_breast_cancer_survivors:_how_much_do_we_know L2 - http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/01.NCC.0000339254.68324.d7 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -