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Interview with Prof. Claire Foster: Self-efficacy is associated with better recovery

Claire Foster

Prof. Claire Foster is the director of the Macmillan Survivorship Research Group. Her research focuses on understanding the impact of cancer and its treatment on everyday lives and how well-equipped people are to manage this impact. Her research group has established a number of cohort studies in which patients are asked to fill in a series of questionnaires during and after their treatment. For example, in a cohort of around 1000 patients with colorectal cancer – the CREW Cohort – the questionnaire asks patients how confident they are in their ability to manage the consequences of the cancer treatment. Prof. Foster and her team uses a variety of questionnaires, among them QLACS (Quality of Life in Adult Cancer Survivors), EORTC QLQ-C30, tumor-specific questionnaires plus the personal wellbeing index. In the CREW Cohort they found that a group of people are doing consistently well in the first two years after surgery. These were people who scored high in self-efficacy and low in depression before surgery, irrespective of the stage of their disease. In the CREW-Cohort, one third of the patients did not feel confident managing their illness-related problems. In the future, it will be important to identify these people as soon after diagnosis as possible. Such early intervention will help to improve the recovery process. Together with other stakeholder and patients, Prof. Foster´s team has developed RESTORE, a web-based resource that helps patients become more confident in managing fatigue in everyday life.

Claire Foster is professor at the University of Southhampton, UK.

This interview was recorded at EONS 2016 which took place in Dublin on October 17-18, 2016

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