Exploring the relationship between social support and mental health status among lymphoma survivors: Does patient-centered communication really matter? A brief report

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The purpose of this study was to explore whether patient-centered communication (PCC) would partially mediate the relationship between social support and mental health status among adult survivors of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL). Methods: Secondary analysis of self-administered questionnaires mailed to 682 adults with NHL who were assumed living and had completed the baseline 2005 study (83% response rate). Adult NHL survivors (n = 566) and data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and the Sobel test. Results: PCC partially mediated the relationship between social support and three measures of mental health outcomes (SF-36 Mental Component Summary [SF36-MCS], Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Checklist-Civilian Version [PCL-C], Impact of Cancer–Negative Impact Summary [IOCv2 NIS]). Results of the conservative Sobel test were significant (p <.01) in three mediation models. Conclusions: Future research should focus on testing interventions that target PCC and identifying additional mediators and moderators between social support and mental health outcomes among cancer survivors.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Caviness-Ashe, N; Zimmerman, S; Chappel-Aiken, L; Onsomu, EO; Bryant, AL; Smith, SK

Published Date

  • January 1, 2022

Published In

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1540-7586

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0734-7332

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/07347332.2022.2072792

Citation Source

  • Scopus