Table 4

Qualitative study themes note that the number of themes does not add to number of studies because some studies had multiple themes

ThemeAAA studiesPCa studies
Shock24 5 36–8
Anxiety25 9 26 10
Fatalism34 5 9 36 8 10
Distress15 110
Burden about protecting others from worrying (especially family members)25 9 16
Guilt/regret25 9
Helplessness/powerlessness15
Uncertainty24 5
Depression 110
Denial 110
Loneliness 36 8 10
Psychological impact of sexual dysfunction 16
  • AAA, abdominal aortic aneurysm; PCa, prostate cancer.