Quality of Life in Cancer Patients;Grounded Theory

암 환자 삶의 질에 대한 근거이론적 접근

  • Lee, Eun-Hyun (Ajou University, Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health) ;
  • Song, Yeoung-Suk (Yonsei University, Graduate School of Nursing) ;
  • Chun, Mi-Son (Ajou University Hospital, Radiation Oncology) ;
  • Oh, Ka-Sil (Yonsei University, college of nursing) ;
  • Lee, Won-Hee (Yonsei University, college of nursing, director of homehealth-hospice) ;
  • Lee, Young-Hee (Ajou University, Preventive Medicine and Public Health)
  • 이은현 (아주대학교 의과대학 예방의학교실) ;
  • 송영숙 (연세대학교 대학원 간호학과) ;
  • 전미선 (아주대학교병원 방사선종양학과) ;
  • 오가실 (연세대학교 간호대학 아동간호학교실) ;
  • 이원희 (연세대학교 간호대학 가정간호-호스피스, 성인간호학교실) ;
  • 이영희 (아주대학교 대학원 의학과)
  • Published : 2004.02.28


The purpose of the study was to understand and explore the quality of life in cancer patients in the context of a Korean culture and society. Grounded theory method guided the data collection and analysis. A total of 10 cancer patients was selected by a theoretical sampling. The data were collected by an open question. All interviews were audio taped and transcribed verbatim. Constant comparison analysis was employed to analyze the data. As the results, eighty-five concepts and twelve categories were emerged, and "keeping well-being status" identified as a core category. Quality of life related categories derived from this study will academically contribute to the understanding and expansion of theoretical bases for quality of life of Korean cancer patients and to the contexts for the development of measurement of quality of life. Furthermore, they will function as the foundation of a intervention development for quality of life.