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fotokian Z, jamshidi R, yosefi M E. Quality of life of primary relatives providing care for their cancer patients based ‎on some personal and social variables. J Holist Nurs Midwifery. 2005; 15 (1) :59-64
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Quality of life of primary relatives providing care for their cancer patients based on some personal and social variables

By: Fotokian. Z. MSN, Jamshidi. R. MD, Yousefi. M. MD

Abstract:

Introduction: Cancer and its related treatments reduces one`s physical and psycho-social abilities and makes them more in need of homecare. These cares are usually provided by primary relatives which affects their quality of life in different dimensions and these changes can affect the outcome of patients’ treatment.

Objective: The aim of this study was to determine the quality of life of primary relative giving care to cancer patients considering their demographic characteristics.

Methods: This was a descriptive study in which data were obtained through questionnaire. Study sample included 115 people who accompanied patients when receiving treatmeat cancer center of Emam Khomeini Hospital in Tehran. Samples were selected continuously and those who met the inclulion criteria were chosen on their own agreement. The self- reported questionnaires were given after the procedures was explained the samples.

Results: Based on study Findings, there was not an important difference in mean score of QOL based on valiables such as age, sex, level of education, duration of disease and kind of relativity to patients. But the score of QOL was significantly different as regard to variables of marital status, and economic status.

Conclusion: Based on study findings, people with moderate to well economic status had better QOL as compared to those with poor economic status. So the ministry of Health must pay more attention to this important issue and improve insurance, providing expensive drugs and homecare in order to improve the QOL of these patients and their families.

Key words: Quality of life, Personal and social variables, Primary relatives of cancer patients.

Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2014/08/9 | Accepted: 2014/08/9 | Published: 2014/08/9

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