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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 1643-1648

Comparative study of life quality of relatives of cancer and noncancer patients


1 Master in medical-surgical Nursing, Islamic Azad University of Medical Science, Tehran, Iran
2 Department of Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Karaj Branch, Islamic Azad University; Clinical Cares and Health Promotion Research Center, Karaj Branch, Islamic Azad University, Karaj, Iran
3 Phd of Epidemiology, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Islamic Azad University of Medical Science, Tehran, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Mansooreh Tajvidi
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Islamic Azad University of Karaj, Karaj, Alborz; Research Center of Health Promotion and Clinical Care, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Islamic Azad University of Karaj, Karaj, Alborz
Iran
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ATMPH.ATMPH_570_17

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Introduction: Cancer is a chronic and incurable disease that can have a significant impact on patients and their families. If the family members of the patient in nuclear family as the main caregivers of the patient do not receive required supports from health caregivers and do not have enough information on disease, caring, and complications of the treatments, not only the patient's health but also their own health will be endangered. The main objective of this article is to compare the life quality of relatives of cancer and noncancer patients. Method: This study is a correlational type of cross-sectional descriptive study. In this study, 245 relatives of cancer patients and 245 relatives of noncancer patients were selected using available sampling method and according to inclusion criteria. Data were collected using life quality questionnaire(SF-36). To analyze the data, SPSS 19 software and descriptive and inferential statistical tests, Pearson correlation coefficient, and t-test were used. Result: The results show that there is a significant difference between life quality of relatives of cancer patients and noncancer patients(t=3.33) at the level of(P<0.01). Conclusion: After obtaining necessary permissions form the administrators of the hospital, we referred to the clinic, got familiar with its administrators, and started to recruit family to the study. relatives of cancer and noncancer patients with the following took part in the study: having a certain year-old patint with a confirmed diagnosis of desease for at least many months, being able to read and write Persian, and suffering from no mental disorder.


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