Associations between quality of life and marital status in cancer patients and survivors

Kyu Tae Han, Sun Jung Kim, Haiyan Song, Sung Youn Chun, Chan Ok Kim, Jung Soo Kim, Euncheol Park

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Background: The cancer survival rate in Korea has substantially increased, necessitating the management of not only patients with cancer but also longer term survivors. Although the divorce rate has drastically increased in Korea, there is not sufficient research regarding the relationship between changes in marital status and quality of life (QOL) in cancer patients and survivors. Thus, we aimed to examine the relationship between marital status and QOL in such cases. Materials and Methods: This study was performed using the Community Health Survey of 2008 administered by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (N=169,328). We used t-tests and Chi-square tests to compare demographic variables between men and women, and analysis of variance (ANOVA) to compare QOL scores among comparison groups. We also performed a multilevel analysis on the relationship between QOL and marital status while accounting for provincial differences. Results: Decline of EuroQOL five dimensions (EQ-5D) in single patients with cancer was greater than in any other marital status group, but there was no statistically significant decline in survivors of cancer with regard to marital status. In the general population, the decline of EQ-5D was higher among single people than married people. Using the EuroQOL visual analog scale (EQ-VAS), single people had higher values than those of other marital status among both patients with cancer and survivors of cancer. In the general population, EQ-VAS values were higher for single people compared to married people. Conclusions: There may be a significant relationship between marital status and QOL in cancer patients and survivors. Policy interventions to manage patients with cancer who experience a decline in QOL as well as marital problems should be conducted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5287-5291
Number of pages5
JournalAsian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention
Volume15
Issue number13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1

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Marital Status
Survivors
Quality of Life
Neoplasms
Korea
Visual Analog Scale
Multilevel Analysis
Divorce
Chi-Square Distribution
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
Health Surveys
Population
Analysis of Variance
Survival Rate
Demography

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Epidemiology
  • Oncology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Cancer Research

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Han, Kyu Tae ; Kim, Sun Jung ; Song, Haiyan ; Chun, Sung Youn ; Kim, Chan Ok ; Kim, Jung Soo ; Park, Euncheol. / Associations between quality of life and marital status in cancer patients and survivors. In: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention. 2014 ; Vol. 15, No. 13. pp. 5287-5291.
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Associations between quality of life and marital status in cancer patients and survivors. / Han, Kyu Tae; Kim, Sun Jung; Song, Haiyan; Chun, Sung Youn; Kim, Chan Ok; Kim, Jung Soo; Park, Euncheol.

In: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, Vol. 15, No. 13, 01.01.2014, p. 5287-5291.

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