J Korean Acad Fundam Nurs.  2010 May;17(2):169-176.

Sleep Disturbance in Prostate Cancer Patients

  • 1College of Nursing, Pusan National University, Korea. dongheekim@pusan.ac.kr
  • 2Pusan National University Hospital, Korea.


This study was done to investigate clinical characteristics and risk factors for sleep disturbance in patients with prostate cancer. METHOD: Participants were recruited from P hospital outpatient clinic from March 23 to April 20, 2006, and 101 participants completed a questionnaire assessing general and clinical characteristics, sleep quality, physical symptoms and psychological symptoms such as anxiety and depression. The data was analyzed using the SPSS 12.0 program.
In this study, 29.7% of the patients reported sleep disturbance. Cancer diagnosis related factors which affected sleep disturbance were onset (55.3%) and aggravation (83.3%). Habitual sleep efficiency of patients with sleep disturbance was as follows: bedtime was 10 PM, wake-up time was 6AM, sleep duration was six hours and twenty minutes. Risk factors for the presence of sleep disturbance included metastasis, the presence of intestinal symptoms, depression and anxiety.
Sleep disturbance is a frequent problem associated with prostate cancer and seems to be influenced by aggravation of illness and the presence of physical and psychological symptoms.


Prostate cancer; Sleep initiation and maintenance disorders
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