ERIC Number: EJ1141349
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
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Self-Efficacy and Comfort with Partner-Assisted Skin Examination in Patients Receiving Follow-Up Care for Melanoma
DiMillo, J.; Brosseau, D. C.; Gomez-Garibello, C.; Hall, N. C.; Ezer, H.; Wang, B.; Körner, A.
Health Education Research, v32 n2 p174-183 Apr 2017
The objective of this study was to examine the role of interpersonal variables on melanoma survivors' self-efficacy for performing skin self-examinations (SSEs) during melanoma follow-up care. Specifically, the impact of comfort with partner assistance for SSE, SSE support received from one's partner, general partner support, relationship satisfaction, as well as partner attendance at a SSE education session, were examined. One hundred and thirty-seven patients with melanoma between the ages of 18 and 70 years, who also reported being involved in a romantic relationship, received a standardized education on SSE, and completed self-report questionnaires. Results indicate that SSE support and SSE comfort predicted patients' SSE self-efficacy. Partner attendance at the SSE education moderated the relationship between SSE comfort and SSE self-efficacy. In other words, SSE self-efficacy was found to be affected by partner attendance at the SSE education only in cases where the patient reported lower levels of comfort having his or her partner assist with SSE. Results highlight the importance of partner involvement in SSE education, as well as patient comfort with a partner's assistance during skin examinations. Findings inform potential modifications to the follow-up care provided to melanoma survivors by demonstrating the importance of partner involvement in SSE education.
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Patients, Cancer, Medical Evaluation, Interpersonal Relationship, Adults, Intimacy, Human Body, Questionnaires
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