DOI: https://doi.org/10.36315/2021inpact018May 13, 2021Proceedings Paper

FATIGUE AND ANXIETY IN BREAST CANCER: THE RELATIONSHIP WITH INTERPRETATION BIAS

Nidhi Vedd

Abstract

"Background: Research has highlighted both fatigue and anxiety to be two of the most debilitating symptoms of breast cancer that prevail for years into its survivorship, and suggests that these symptoms influence how people interpret information. Harbouring negative interpretation biases also helps to maintain self-destructive beliefs resulting in increased severity of symptoms and disability in those already affected by the illness. This study is the first utilizing an experimental measure of assessing interpretation bias in a population of breast cancer to investigate the contribution of fatigue and anxiety. Method: A cross-sectional study design was used. 53 breast cancer survivors and 62 female healthy controls were recruited via opportunistic sampling. Participants completed an online questionnaire assessing basic demographics, fatigue via the Chalder Fatigue Questionnaire (CFQ) and anxiety using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS). Following this, an in-person testing session assessed interpretation bias (IB) using a computerised task. Results: Independent sample t-tests found a non-significant result in the comparison of IB indices between populations (t(112.60) =.28, p=.783; d=.05). Significant differences ...Continue Reading

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