Development of an Intervention to Reduce Psychological Distress in Post-Treatment Upper GI Cancer Patients and Family Carers

  • Lisa Graham

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Oesophageal cancer is a disease of increasing incidence, with those achieving an early-diagnosis requiring aggressive curative treatment, associated with an arduous post-surgical recovery and sustained impact on health related quality of life. However, as with many cancers of the digestive tract, there has been a dearth of research into the impact of the diagnosis and treatment on the patient’s psychological wellbeing. Previous research has suggested significant levels of psychological co-morbidity among the oesophageal survivor population and their family carers. Patient and carer illness beliefs have been identified as a possible determinant of poor psychological wellbeing. This thesis aims to progress our understanding of illness beliefs as a determinant of psychological distress in oesophageal cancer patients and family carers, modeling psychological theory and identifying key characteristics towards informing the development of a theoretically driven, evidence-based intervention to reduce psychological distress.
Date of AwardJan 2018
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Queen's University Belfast
SupervisorMartin Dempster (Supervisor) & Michael Donnelly (Supervisor)

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