Quality of Life of Family Caregivers of Patients with Advanced Cancer

Nayak, Malathi G and George, Anice and Vidyasagar, MS and Kamath, Asha (2014) Quality of Life of Family Caregivers of Patients with Advanced Cancer. IOSR Journal of Nursing and Health Science, 3 (2). 70 -75. ISSN 2320 – 1959

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Cancer is a major public health problem of the world. Diagnosis of cancer has a significant impact not only on patient, but also on Their family caregivers. Therefore cancer has a substantial impact on both patients and families.Objectives of the study were to assess the Quality of Life (QOL) among caregivers and to find the association between mean score of quality of life of family car egivers with selected variables. A cross sectional study was done among 399 family caregivers those who are providing care to the hospitalized patients with advanced cancer. A non probability purposive sampling was used to select family caregivers by using structu red and validated questionnaire on quality of life.Data were collected by interview technique from caregivers. Result shows that majority of family caregivers were in the age group of 20- 40yrs (53.6%), most of the family members had to stop working, and most of them lost their savings. Majority of the family caregivers expressed that ‘financial burden’ had negative influence on the quality of life. The mean Quality Of Life was 63.36 and SD was 15.73.The present study suggests that to improve QOL of car egivers, measures hould be taken to decrease the economic burden that cancer places on patient’s family. It also revealed that increasing the self- confidence of family care givers in managing cancer pain is vital to the quality of life of both the patient and caregiver.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Quality of life; Family caregivers; Advanced cancer
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Community Medicine
Nursing > MCON Manipal > Community Health
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Radiotherapy and Oncology
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2014 04:45
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2014 04:45
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/139210

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