Family functioning and quality of life of the family care-giver in cancer patients

Kuem Sun Han, Soon Yong Khim, Sook Ja Lee, Eun Sook Park, Young Joo Park, Jeong Hwa Kim, Kwang Mi Lee, Hyun Chul Kang, Ji Won Yoon

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PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to identify the relationship among quality of life, family coherence, family hardiness, and family resources of the family care-giver caring for a cancer patient. METHOD: Data was collected by questionnaires from 137 families with a cancer patient at a General Hospital and Government Cancer Hospital. Data was analyzed using descriptive statistics, pearson correlation coefficients, and stepwise multiple regression. RESULTS: The score of quality of life showed a significant positive correlation with the score of the level of family sense of coherence, family hardiness, and family resources. The most powerful predictor of quality of life was sense of coherence and the variance was 30%. A combination of sense of coherence and family resources account for 34 % of the variance in quality of life of the family care-giver caring for a cancer patient. CONCLUSION: The results showed that family sense of coherence, hardiness, and family resources were significant influencing factors on the quality of life of the family care-giver caring for a cancer patient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)983-991
Number of pages9
JournalTaehan Kanho Hakhoe chi
Volume36
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Oct

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