Linda J. Kristjanson

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OBJECTIVE To determine the degree of involvement women with breast cancer wanted in medical decision making, extent to which they believed they had achieved their preferred level of involvement, and types of information they judged to be most important. DESIGN AND SETTING Cross-sectional survey at 2 tertiary oncology referral clinics and 2 community(More)
BACKGROUND Dignity therapy is a unique, individualised, short-term psychotherapy that was developed for patients (and their families) living with life-threatening or life-limiting illness. We investigated whether dignity therapy could mitigate distress or bolster the experience in patients nearing the end of their lives. METHODS Patients (aged ≥18 years)(More)
PURPOSE This study examined a novel intervention, dignity therapy, designed to address psychosocial and existential distress among terminally ill patients. Dignity therapy invites patients to discuss issues that matter most or that they would most want remembered. Sessions are transcribed and edited, with a returned final version that they can bequeath to a(More)
Despite use of the term dignity in arguments for and against a patient's self-governance in matters pertaining to death, there is little empirical research on how this term has been used by patients who are nearing death. The objective of this study was to determine how dying patients understand and define the term dignity, in order to develop a model of(More)
PURPOSE To examine the effect of progressive resistance training on muscle function, functional performance, balance, body composition, and muscle thickness in men receiving androgen deprivation for prostate cancer. METHODS Ten men aged 59-82 yr on androgen deprivation for localized prostate cancer undertook progressive resistance training for 20 wk at 6-(More)
The purpose of the study was to test the validity and reliability of the FAMCARE Scale which was developed to measure family satisfaction with advanced cancer care. The FAMCARE Scale was developed based upon earlier qualitative research which identified indicators of family care satisfaction and a subsequent Q-sort study that reduced those items to the most(More)
Quality palliative care depends on a deep understanding of distress facing patients nearing death. Yet, many aspects of psychosocial, existential and spiritual distress are often overlooked. The aim of this study was to test a novel psychometric--the Patient Dignity Inventory (PDI)--designed to measure various sources of dignity-related distress among(More)
Two studies balanced qualitative and quantitative data to provide evidence of satisfactory validity and reliability of the Family Inventory of Needs (FIN). The FIN is designed to measure the importance of care needs of families of advanced cancer patients (FIN-Importance of Care Needs subscale) and the extent to which families perceive that their care needs(More)
BACKGROUND Considerations of dignity are often raised in reference to the care of dying patients. However, little research that addresses this issue has been done. Our aim was to identify the extent to which dying patients perceive they are able to maintain a sense of dignity, and to ascertain how demographic and disease-specific variables relate to the(More)
BACKGROUND Internal and external factors have been reported to influence decision-making by women for breast cancer surgery. AIM OF THE STUDY The aim of the study was to describe the factors those women with Stage I or Stage II breast cancer, perceived to be important when selecting either modified radical mastectomy or breast conserving treatment. (More)