Comparison of health-related quality of life and emotional distress among Chinese cancer survivors
Article first published online: 4 JUN 2013
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International Journal of Nursing Practice
Volume 19, Issue 3, pages 306–317, June 2013
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International Journal of Nursing Practice 2013; 19: 306–317 Comparison of health-related quality of life and emotional distress among Chinese cancer survivors, , , , , , .
- Issue published online: 4 JUN 2013
- Article first published online: 4 JUN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: AUG 2012
- Chinese University of Hong Kong
- cancer survivor;
- emotional distress;
- quality of life
The purpose of this study is to compare health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and emotional distress among diverse cancer survivors who had completed all treatment within the previous year. A convenience sample of 353 cancers survivors (lung, head and neck, breast and prostate cancers) were recruited to complete a survey, which consisted of (i) Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scales; (ii) Chinese version of the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy—General version; and (iii) demographic and clinical data. The HRQoL scores were similar among the four types of survivors. Mild anxiety and depression levels were reported, but no significant difference was noted. Younger females with financial burdens and uncertain prognosis were particularly associated with HRQoL and emotional distress. Further studies are essential to identify specific problems that cancer patients experience after cancer diagnosis that might lead to the early detection of those most at risk of ongoing problems.