Anxiety and depression in women with breast cancer: Social and clinical determinants and influence of the social network and social support (DAMA cohort)

R. Puigpinós-Riera, A. Graells-Sans, G. Serral, X. Continente, X. Bargalló, M. Domènech, M. Espinosa-Bravo, J. Grau, F. Macià, R. Manzanera, M. Pla, M. J. Quintana, M. Sala, E. Vidal

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Abstract

© 2018 Elsevier Ltd Background: Anxiety and depression are the most prevalent mental health pathologies among women with breast cancer. Social, clinical and contextual variables may influence emotional stress among women with breast cancer. The aim of this work is to study anxiety and depression in a cohort of women diagnosed with breast cancer between 2003 and 2013 in Barcelona. We evaluate social and clinical determinants. Methods: We performed a mixed cohort study (prospective and retrospective) using a convenience sample of women diagnosed with breast cancer. The information sources were the Hospital Anxiety and Depression questionnaire and hospital medical records. Dependent variables were anxiety and depression; independent variables were social class, age, employment status, tumour stage at diagnosis, time since diagnosis, social network and social support. We performed a descriptive analysis, a bivariate analysis, and a multivariate logistic regression analysis. Results: A total of 1086 (48.6%) women had some degree of anxiety-related problem. As for depression. In the case of depression, 225 (15%) women had some degree of depression-related problem. Low emotional support and social isolation were clear risk factors for having more anxiety and depression. Low social class was also a risk factor, and age also played a role. Discussion: Our results show that women long period of cancer survival have high prevalences of anxiety than depression, and this prevalence of anxiety is higher than the general population. In addition, we found inequalities between social classes and the isolation and social support are worse too in low social class.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-129
JournalCancer Epidemiology
Volume55
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2018

Keywords

  • Anxiety disorder
  • Breast cancer
  • Clinical determinants
  • Depression
  • Long term survivors
  • Mental disorders
  • Social determinants
  • Social network
  • Social support

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