The Effect of Prostate Cancer Support Groups on Uncertainty in Prostate Cancer
UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIV OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES BETHESDA MD BETHESDA United States
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The purpose of this study was to compare the amount of uncertainty experienced by men with prostate cancer who attended a support group and those who did not. The theoretical framework utilized Mishels Uncertainty in Illness Model. The model has been extensively tested in a variety of chronic illnesses including malignant neoplasms. Uncertainty was measured using the Mishels Uncertainty in Illness Scale Community form MUIS-C, a tool specifically designed for use in an outpatient setting. To measure uncertainty in prostate cancer patients attending a support group, the study surveyed a convenience sample of men from a prostate cancer support group sponsored by a large hospital in the Northeastern United States. To compose a control group the survey was also mailed to a random sample of men with prostate cancer provided by the Center for Prostate Disease Research. Eighty-nine surveys were completed 20 men were members of a support group and 69 who were not. The data revealed that uncertainty was similar for the two groups, as their scores were nearly identical.