Quality of life of family members living with cancer patients

Hyo Jung Lee, Euncheol Park, Kim Seung Ju, Sang Gyu Lee

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Abstract

Background: Due to the rapid progress of industrialization, the expansion of the nuclear family, and an increase in women's social activities, the burden of care of cancer patients has increased, so that all family members are now involved in care. We compared the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) between members of families of cancer patients (hereafter, cancer families) and members of cancer-free families (non-cancer families). Materials and Methods: The data were from the Community Health Survey (2012). The study population included respondents at least 30 years of age. Data were adjusted for the following covariates: sex, age, education, marital status, household income, economic activity, household type, chronic disease, and perceived health status. Frequency analysis, analyses of variance, and multiple linear regression analysis were performed. Results: Among 163,495 respondents, 3,406 (2.1%) were part of a cancer family and 160,089 (97.9%) were part of a non-cancer family. Cancer families had lower EQ-5D scores than non-cancer families. However, by subgroup, the scores had significant association between cancer and non-cancer families only for females and for those who worked. Conclusions: There was a significant relationship between HRQOL scores and being a family member of a cancer patient. This indicates that the responsibility for care has been extended to the entire family, not only the primary caregiver.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6913-6917
Number of pages5
JournalAsian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention
Volume16
Issue number16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1

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Quality of Life
Neoplasms
Sex Education
Marital Status
Health Surveys
Nuclear Family
Caregivers
Health Status
Linear Models
Patient Care
Analysis of Variance
Chronic Disease
Regression Analysis
Economics
Population

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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Lee, Hyo Jung ; Park, Euncheol ; Seung Ju, Kim ; Lee, Sang Gyu. / Quality of life of family members living with cancer patients. In: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention. 2015 ; Vol. 16, No. 16. pp. 6913-6917.
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Quality of life of family members living with cancer patients. / Lee, Hyo Jung; Park, Euncheol; Seung Ju, Kim; Lee, Sang Gyu.

In: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, Vol. 16, No. 16, 01.01.2015, p. 6913-6917.

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