Identifying the self-management behaviours performed by prostate cancer survivors: a systematic review of the evidence

Catherine Paterson (Lead / Corresponding author), Martyn Jones, Janice Rattray, William Lauder

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    Purpose: Prostate cancer survivors are keen to engage as active partners in the management of their condition but have voiced a number of unmet support needs that make effective self-management problematic. Identifying self-management behaviours and evaluating how self-management changes over time may provide valuable insights into how men can be better supported to self-manage. Our systematic review aimed to identify the self-management behaviours for prostate cancer survivors and to evaluate whether these change over time.
    Methods: Using the PRISMA statement we performed a systematic review of studies that identified the self-management behaviours of prostate cancer survivors. Databases searched included: DARE, CDSR, Medline, CINAHL, PsycINFO and ASSIA. Studies were classified by levels of evidence and quality assessment.
    Results: 111 publications were retrieved from the search and 5 publications were included. Men performed a variety of self-management behaviours for psychological and physical problems. Only one study assessed changes in self-management behaviours over time and was limited to men treated by radiotherapy.
    Conclusion: Despite the recent political drive for cancer survivors to self-manage, this review has demonstrated the evidence base is under-developed and a wide range of research is needed to address the unmet supportive care needs of prostate cancer survivors. Practically, this review has identified that Dodd’s Self-Care Log was found to have the strongest psychometric properties for additional research in this area.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)96-111
    Number of pages16
    JournalJournal of Research in Nursing
    Issue number2
    Early online date26 Mar 2014
    Publication statusPublished - 9 Mar 2015


    • cancer
    • evidence-based practice
    • mens' health
    • self-management
    • systematic review


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