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Sleep Disturbances in Patients With Malignancy and Non-Malignancy

Hakan Atalay, Naz Berfu Akbas, Cengiz Pata, Basak Oyan Uluc.


Objective: Aim of the study was to evaluate sleep quality in a small sample of patients with gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) comparing them with the patients under treatment in oncology department. Method: Forty-eight patients were included in the study, 22 of them were recruited from the oncology department (oncology patients: OnPs) and 26 from the gastroenterology department (gastroenterology patients: GEPs) at a university hospital. By senior psychology students, the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale and the Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index were administered to the patients. Results: There was no significant difference between the two groups regarding anxiety and depression scores of the patients and their total sleep quality scores. Nevertheless, it has been found that GEPs had higher anxiety scores than OnPs. Conclusion: The regression analysis demonstrated that sleep quality scores are determined only by anxiety scores and that being an oncology or gastroenterology patients, being at a certain age, or gender have no effect on total sleep quality scores.

Key words: Sleep, Gastro-esophageal reflux disease, Malignancy, Anxiety, Depression

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