Elisabeth Andritsch

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Age-related differences in emotional distress were examined by studying two random samples (N=424) of women diagnosed with early stages of breast cancer in Graz, Austria and Jerusalem, Israel. We found that psychological distress, coping abilities, and different perceptions of illness are attributable to socialization differences of age experience according(More)
OBJECTIVE While the population in the western world is aging and cancer survival rates are increasing, there is a lack of knowledge concerning factors affecting social support and its relation to coping and distress among older patients. The aim of the current study is to assess the impact of marital status and gender upon levels of psychological distress,(More)
OBJECTIVE For patients who are terminally ill, the efficiency of symptom management is dependent, among other factors, on an accurate assessment by proxy raters. The aim of this prospective study is to describe differences in symptom severity ratings between patients and their nurses, physicians, and family members during their stay in different departments(More)
BACKGROUND Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) continue to be a distressing problem still reported by cancer patients, with negative consequences on quality of life (QoL). AIMS To prospectively explore the association of psychosocial variables, including emotional distress, maladaptive coping styles and the doctor-patient relationship, with(More)
The population in the western world has been aging while the cancer survival rates have been systematically increasing. Knowledge is lacking about psychological processes and effects of gender difference among middle-aged cancer patients and their healthy spouses. This study assesses psychological distress, coping and social support among middle-aged(More)
GOALS OF WORK This study reflects variables being depicted as predictors of global quality of life in current research. The evaluation was conducted at the Division of Clinical Oncology at the Medical University in Graz, Austria. PATIENTS AND METHODS A sample of 210 breast cancer patients between ages 30 and 80 years was assessed 1-5 years after initial(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of the current study was to strengthen the knowledge of oncologists concerning psychological distress and social support among married and unmarried male cancer patients and healthy male spouses of female cancer patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS Three groups of men were recruited from three major cancer centers in Israel: 185 married colon(More)
OBJECTIVE As a part of a European study, we cross-culturally examined the rate of emotional distress and maladaptive coping and their association with cancer patients' satisfaction with their interactions with the physician responsible for their care. METHODS Cancer patients (n = 302) from one Middle European (Austria) and two Southern European (Italy,(More)
The purpose of this randomized, prospective study was to identify factors influencing the psychological distress of breast cancer patients and their husbands during remission. Background variables and distress levels of 172 couples in two locations (Graz, Austria, and Jerusalem, Israel) were assessed by using three standardized instruments in two interviews(More)