Health promotion among older cancer survivors with prior disabling conditions

Heather Becker, Sook Jung Kang

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Older cancer survivors, who often cope with multiple disabling conditions, can find health promotion challenging. This study's purpose was to explore predictors of health promotion for older cancer survivors with a disabling condition that existed prior to their cancer diagnosis. The 92 cancer survivors were predominantly women with preexisting neuromuscular impairments and an average age of 69. Half were breast cancer survivors, and 58%were 6 or more years since their cancer diagnosis. In hierarchical regression analyses, self-efficacy for health promotion and social support were the strongest predictors of total scores on the Health-Promoting Lifestyle Profile II and its subscales. The findings suggest that nursing interventions to assist older cancer survivors with multiple chronic conditions in building their social support and perceived self-efficacy may help them lead healthier lives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-43
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Gerontological Nursing
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2012


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