Specific response expectancies predict anticipatory nausea during chemotherapy for breast cancer

Guy H. Montgomery, Dana H. Bovbjerg

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

35 Scopus citations

Abstract

Clinical research has demonstrated that large numbers of chemotherapy patients continue to experience nausea in the clinic prior to infusions. A better understanding of the mechanisms responsible for such anticipatory nausea (AN) is likely to provide critical information for identifying intervention targets. In the present study the authors investigated the contribution of expectancy, history of nausea, and distress to AN in 60 women with Stage I or II breast cancer receiving standard adjuvant chemotherapy. The predictors were each independently associated with AN (p < .05). However, only expectations significantly predicted AN in simultaneous regression analyses. Results suggest that interventions to reduce AN during chemotherapy should target patients' expectations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)831-835
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Volume69
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Specific response expectancies predict anticipatory nausea during chemotherapy for breast cancer'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this