Kyriaki Mystakidou

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The growing interest in the mental health and quality of life of cancer patients, has been the major reason for conducting this study. The aims were to compare advanced cancer patients’ responses to Hospital Anxiety and Depression (HAD) scale with those to European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire (EORTC(More)
OBJECTIVE The Brief Pain Inventory (BPI) is a pain assessment tool. It has been translated into and validated in several languages. The purpose of this study was the translation into and validation of the BPI in Greek. Moreover, we wanted to detect cultural and social differences, if any, of pain interference in patients' lives. METHODS The translation(More)
Truth-telling to cancer patients is controversial. The aim of the present study was to investigate oncologists', radiotherapists', and palliative care specialists' attitudes and truth-telling practices in Greece. A postal survey of a representative sample of 300 oncologists, radiotherapists, and palliative care specialists was made in February 1993. A total(More)
AIMS The experience of posttraumatic growth following breast cancer, its association with psychological distress and the predictive value of psychological distress, sociodemographic and clinical characteristics of cancer patients in their personal growth. METHODS The Posttraumatic Growth Inventory and the Greek version of the Hospital Depression and(More)
CONTEXT Breakthrough pain is common in patients with cancer and is a significant cause of morbidity in this group of patients. OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to characterize breakthrough pain in a diverse population of cancer patients. METHODS The study involved 1000 cancer patients from 13 European countries. Patients were screened for(More)
This study investigated the traumatic distress and posttraumatic growth in 58 advanced cancer patients receiving palliative treatment in a Pain Relief and Palliative Care Unit. The patients completed the Greek version of the Impact of Events Scale-Revised and the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory. Statistically significant associations were found among Impact(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVES Cancer patients have been reported to complain about poor quality of sleep. This study evaluated the quality of sleep in this group, utilizing demographic data and clinical features of the cancers as assessment criteria. A secondary aim was to evaluate the correlation between the self-rated questionnaire for the quality of sleep with other(More)
The relationship between truth telling and culture has been the subject of increasing attention in the literature. The issue of whether, how and how much to tell cancer patients concerning diagnosis is still approached differently depending on country and culture. The majority of physicians tell the truth more often today than in the past, in both developed(More)
BACKGROUND: Quality of life is an important concept which is subjective and personal; what is an acceptable quality of life to one may be 'worse than death' to another. The objective of this study was to develop and validate a questionnaire to assess relatives' perceptions and attitudes towards their terminal stage cancer patients' management (information(More)
To investigate whether the advanced cancer patients' caregivers' depression and hopelessness are affected by patients' demographic and clinical characteristics and by caregivers' sociodemographic variables. Moreover, the relation between cancer patients' and caregivers' depression and hopelessness was assessed. One hundred five patients with advanced cancer(More)