Quality of Life of Older Cancer Patients in Comparison with Older Chronic Disease Patients and Middle-Aged Cancer Patients

노인 암환자를 중심으로 노인 만성질환자 및 중년 암환자 간의 삶의 질과 그 영향 요인 비교

  • Received : 2013.09.29
  • Accepted : 2013.11.18
  • Published : 2013.11.30

Abstract

Quality of life(QoL) of older cancer patients have not gained enough attention from researchers even when cancer is the number one cause of death of Korean elderly. Therefore, this study aims at understanding the QoL of older cancer patients and factors related to it, applying Taylor(2012)'s Stress-Coping Process model, and by comparing with older chronic disease patients and middle-aged cancer patients. Results indicated that physical health QoL of older cancer patients was the worst and their mental health QoL was similar with middle aged cancer patients. Multi-group analysis of Structural Equation Modeling indicated that the relation between QoL and the stress coping resources was not statistically different from older cancer patients and older chronic disease group, as well older cancer patients and middle-aged cancer patients. Implications of results to improve the QoL of older cancer patients are discussed.

Keywords

Old Cancer Patients;Quality of Life;Family Support;Friend Support;Optimism;Economic Conditions;Life Stress

Acknowledgement

Supported by : 한국연구재단