Psychosocial Needs of Breast Cancer Survivors in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

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Maria Aamir Linda Dubrow-Marshall Roderick Dubrow-Marshall Mouza Al Ameri Subhashini Ganesan Walid Abbas Zaher

Abstract

Background: Despite the high prevalence of breast cancer, there is limited understanding of the psychosocial needs of cancer survivors in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).


Methods: A survey was conducted to assess the psychosocial needs among 205 breast cancer survivors in the UAE and the association of various socio-demographics and clinical characteristics with the psychosocial needs were analysed.


Results: The informational needs were the highest (mean - 27.99 ± 11.02) among the study participants compared to other psychosocial needs. Healthcare specialists were the most preferred source of information for all the psychosocial needs. Individuals currently receiving treatment (p-0.006) and who had longer years of survival (p-0.006) had significantly higher informational concerns. Social and financial concerns were significantly higher in expats (p<0.001), individuals currently receiving treatment (p<0.001) and individuals with longer years of survival (p<0.001).


Conclusion: The study shows that there are unmet psychosocial needs among the breast cancer survivors in the UAE and the needs differ based on demographic and clinical characteristics.  

Keywords: Breast cancer, psychosocial needs, survivorship, Middle East, quality of life

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AAMIR, Maria et al. Psychosocial Needs of Breast Cancer Survivors in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Medical Research Archives, [S.l.], v. 12, n. 3, mar. 2024. ISSN 2375-1924. Available at: <https://esmed.org/MRA/mra/article/view/5020>. Date accessed: 16 apr. 2024. doi: https://doi.org/10.18103/mra.v12i3.5020.
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