Exploring variables affecting sense of coherence and social support in recovery after colorectal cancer surgery among the oldest old
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Original versionGeriatric Nursing. 2022, 47, 81-86. 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2022.06.008
Objective To explore the associations between sense of coherence, perceived social support, and demographic and clinical characteristics among survivors ≥80 years treated for curable colorectal cancer. Methods This exploratory, cross-sectional survey investigates 56 individuals surgically treated for stage I-III colorectal cancer between one and five years prior. Statistical analysis permitted exploration of associations between sense of coherence, perceived social support, and demographic- and clinical variables. Results Lower sense of coherence was associated with higher age, limitations in physical function, and the need for homecare nursing. Lower perceived social support was associated with re-admission, higher age at time of surgery, and male gender. No correlations were found between sense of coherence and perceived social support. Conclusion The results are important for healthcare professionals to consider when dealing with older people who underwent surgery for colorectal cancer, especially in the discharge process to facilitate optimal follow-up care and recovery.