PURPOSE: Mexican breast cancer patients are generally diagnosed in advanced stages of the disease and often experience delays in cancer treatment delivery. Currently, little is known about these patients' psychological care needs. This study assessed levels and correlates of supportive care needs of Mexican breast cancer patients around the time of cancer diagnosis.
METHODS: One hundred seventy-three newly diagnosed Mexican breast cancer patients participated in the study. Supportive care needs, anxiety, depression, and patients' sociodemographic and clinical characteristics were assessed. Multiple regression analyses were used to examine factors associated with care needs.
RESULTS: Up to 44% of patients showed unmet care needs. Health system/information needs were the most prevalent (68%), while physical/daily living needs the least (19%). Level of depressive symptoms was most consistently related to care needs. Patients with higher levels of depressive symptoms had higher psychological (β = 0.38), physical/daily living (β = 0.43), patient care/support (β = 0.17), and additional unmet care needs (β = 0.30), than patients with lower levels of depressive symptoms.
CONCLUSIONS: This study suggests that mainly health system/information needs arise at the time of cancer diagnosis among Mexican breast cancer patients. Patients suffering high levels of depressive symptoms reported the highest levels of unmet needs. Future studies should be conducted to elucidate the care needs throughout the disease trajectory, as such information can inform health care professionals and policy makers and lead to improvements in the organization and provision of health care services for Mexican breast cancer patients.
- Breast cancer
- Care needs
- HONG-KONG CHINESE