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111 Quality of life of caregivers of female patients receiving cancer treatment in Turkey
  1. Maide Nur Tümkaya1,
  2. Taghreed Salameh2 and
  3. Memnun Seven3
  1. 1Halic University, I?stanbul, Turkey
  2. 2Koc University, I?stanbul, Turkey
  3. 3University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA

Abstract

Introduction/Background Cancer, which is a life-threatening disease, is a chronic disease that affects the lives of the patient and family caregivers in different areas and negatively affects the social, work, family, and marriage life of individuals. This study aimed to assess the quality of life of caregivers of women receiving cancer treatment and the factors affecting it.

Methodology This descriptive study was aimed to assess quality of life of caregivers of women receiving cancer treatment and the factors affecting quality of life. The study population consisted of caregivers of female patients receiving cancer treatment in Koç University Hospital Medical Oncology Inpatient Service. 128 women who meet the inclusion criteria and agreed voluntarily to participate in the study. The Caregiver Identification Form, The Patient Identification Form and the Quality of Life Scale-Family Version; were used to collect data. Bivariate analyses and multiple regression were used to analyze the data.

Results The mean score of the quality of life was 4.41 (standard deviation=0.63). A backward multiple regression revealed that being female caregivers, increased time spent for care per day, and caring for women with metastatic cancer were factors associated with poor quality of life.

Conclusion Although caregiving responsibilities bring challenges to every caregiver, those who are at high risk for impaired quality of life during caregiving need further support in their caregiving to maintain quality of life. Further research should focus on finding solutions to better support caregivers who are experiencing impairment in their quality of life.

Disclosures Full text of this study published in Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing.

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