Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA
Self-efficacy, metastasis, treatment, and demographics as predictors of functional performance status of adult colorectal cancer patients
Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Dr. Janice A. Maville
Dr. Barbara Tucker
Dr. Vern Vincent
The purpose of this study was to assess self-efficacy as a predictor of functional performance status in order to discover correlations that could be used to improve care of the colorectal cancer patient. Thirty participants were accessed through three outpatient cancer clinics during a two-week period. Data was collected through a demographics questionnaire, the Cancer Behavior Inventory Long Form, and the Karnofsky Performance Scale Index. Stepwise multiple regression was used to identify and relationships between the dependent variable, functional performance status, and the independent variables, self-efficacy, age, gender, residence, treatment, and metastasis ( p = .05). Pearson's correlation showed a relatively low correlation among the variables. Results showed self-efficacy ( p = .003) as the number one predictor of performance status, with metastasis following ( p = .000). Future studies are recommended to reinforce these findings. Development of a program to promote self-efficacy for colorectal cancer patients is recommended.
University of Texas-Pan American
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