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Perceptions of Quality of Life in Hispanic Patients with Cancer


Gloria Juarez RN, MSN City of Hope National Medical Center, Department of Nursing Research and Education, 1500 East Duarte Road, Duarte, CA 91010.


PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to describe perceptions of quality of life (QOL) of Hispanic patients with cancer pain.

DESCRIPTION OF STUDY: This qualitative pilot study is guided by the conceptual framework of pain and QOL. From interviews with 17 Hispanic patients with cancer pain, data on perceptions of QOL were analyzed and are reported here.

RESULTS: The study demonstrated the influence of culture on perceptions of QOL and the impact of pain on QOL. Several themes were identified for each domain of QOL, including physical, psychological, social, and spiritual well-being. The role of the family and faith in God were important components of QOL for all patients.

CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: It is important for clinicians to devote greater attention to cultural assessment and to include cultural beliefs in cancer care to improve QOL for Hispanic patients. The role of the family and religious beliefs should be included in the planning and evaluation of each patient's care.