F. C. van Knippenberg

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Use of the Rotterdam Symptom Checklist (RSCL) to measure psychological and physical distress as experienced by cancer patients, is discussed in this paper. The stability of the structure of the RSCL was assessed in principal component analyses in three studies: one concerning cancer patients during either chemotherapy or follow-up (n = 86), one done in(More)
A prospective 4-year follow-up study was conducted to compare the psychosocial adjustment process and survival rate of 59 stoma patients with 64 bowel-resected nonstoma patients. Adjustment was assessed at 4 months. 1 year, and 4 years after surgery by the Psychosocial Adjustment to Illness Scale, a self-report questionnaire (PAIS-SR). Analyses of(More)
Questionnaires that are used in studies with severely patients should be as short as possible. Abridged versions of existing inventories are very practical in these instances. The answers of 444 subjects in three samples (cancer patients, medical students, surgical patients) were used to investigate the possibility of constructing short and reliable(More)
Twenty-two studies on the effects of psychological treatment on cancer patients are reviewed. Only studies that compared one or more experimental conditions with at least one control group have been considered. The studies were evaluated with respect to a) research methods, b) psychological interventions, and c) results. Tailored counseling has been shown(More)
The importance of measuring the Quality of Life (QL) has become more and more apparent during the past 10 years. Traditionally, QL studies have investigated functional status and treatment side effects. In recent years more comprehensive instruments have been constructed to assess the QL of cancer patients. Most QL instruments take a certain degree of(More)
A new daytime sleepiness scale was constructed on the basis of interviews with 96 apnea patients (the Rotterdam Daytime Sleepiness Scale) and included three subscales of Global Evaluation, Behavioral Impact, and Affected Life Domains. The scale showed satisfactory convergent and discriminant validity.
In recent years the necessity of including quality of life (QL) measurement in cancer research has been stressed. In this paper an overview is given of the results of studies into the QL of cancer patients. From descriptive studies it appears that the quality of certain domains of life is impaired by cancer treatment. Results from studies in which two or(More)
Quality of Life (QL) is hard to assess and seldom measured in patients having carcinomas with an unfavourable prognosis. Oesophageal cancer is one of the malignancies with a low 5-year survival rate. Dysphagia (problems in swallowing food) is considered to be the most important indicator of QL in patients with oesophageal carcinoma. Moreover, the(More)
Self-efficacy, one's expectations regarding the ability to perform some specific task, was studied prospectively in the adaptation process of stoma patients. One week after surgery, stoma-related self-efficacy was assessed in 59 patients (26 cancer patients and 33 patients with benign diseases) who had undergone intestinal stoma surgery. Twenty-nine items(More)
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