Key PointsQuestionWhat are the needs of patients with newly diagnosed uveal melanoma, and what sociodemographic, medical, and psychosocial factors assessed prior to cancer diagnosis are associated with unmet need severity after diagnosis among this patient group? FindingsThis survey study demonstrated that nearly all patients endorsed at least 1 unmet need at 1 week after diagnosis, and while need severity decreased within 3 months, most patients continued to report important unmet needs. Neuroticism, instrumental social support, and social network size as assessed before diagnosis were associated with unmet need severity more than sociodemographic and medical characteristics. MeaningSocial support and neuroticism prior to diagnosis could be assessed to identify patients for proactive supportive intervention.
JAMA Ophthalmology – American Medical Association
Published: Apr 22, 2018
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