Self-efficacy for coping: utility of the Cancer behavior inventory (Italian) for use in palliative care

Samantha Serpentini, Paola Del Bianco, Andrea Chirico, Thomas V Merluzzi, Rosalba Martino, Fabio Lucidi, Gian Luca De Salvo, Leonardo Trentin, Eleonora Capovilla

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BACKGROUND: Newer models of palliative and supportive cancer care view the person as an active agent in managing physical and psychosocial challenges. Therefore, personal efficacy is an integral part of this model. Due to the lack of instruments in Italian to assess coping self-efficacy, the present study included the translation and validation of the Italian version of the Cancer Behavior Inventory-Brief (CBI-B/I) and an initial analysis of the utility of self-efficacy for coping in an Italian sample of palliative care patients.

METHODS: 216 advanced cancer patients who attended palliative care clinics were enrolled. The CBI-B/I was administered along with the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire-Core 30 (EORTC QLQ-C30), the Mini Mental Adjustment to Cancer Scale (Mini-MAC), the Cancer Concerns Checklist (CCL), and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS). The Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group Performance Status (ECOG-PS) ratings of functional capacity were completed by physicians.

RESULTS: Factor analysis confirmed that the structure of the CBI-B/I was consistent with the English version. Internal consistency reliability and significant correlations with the EORTC QLQ-C30, Mini-MAC, and HADS supported the concurrent validity of the CBI-B/I. Differences in CBI-B/I scores for high versus low levels of the CCL and ECOG-PS supported the clinical utility of the CBI-B/I.

CONCLUSIONS: The CBI-B/I has strong psychometric properties and represents an important addition to newer model of palliative and supportive care. In order to improve clinical practice, the CBI-B/I could be useful in identifying specific self-efficacy goals for coping in structured psychosocial interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number34
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalBMC Palliative Care
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 5 2019


  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Italy
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasms/complications
  • Palliative Care/methods
  • Psychometrics/instrumentation
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Self Efficacy
  • Surveys and Questionnaires


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