Key clinical point: Study explored associations among psychosocial constructs, measured from both partners during the first year following a PC diagnosis, to better understand both partners' experiences and identify potential intervention targets for improving QOL.
Major finding: When patients' illness uncertainty decreased between diagnosis and 1 month, partners reported feeling more supported and engaging in fewer non-supportive behaviors at 6-months post-treatment.
Study details Patients and their partners were surveyed at 4 time points: diagnosis and 1-, 6- and 12-months post treatment, and an Actor-Partner Interdependence Model framework was used to examine associations among perceived partner support, non-supportive behaviors, illness uncertainty, relationship satisfaction, and physical and mental QOL.
Varner S et al. Psycho-oncology. 2019 Aug 16. doi: 10.1002/pon.5205.