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Burden and Quality of Life in Terminal Cancer Patient's Family Caregivers in the area of Jeollanam-do

말기암환자 가족원의 부담감과 삶의 질: 전남지역을 중심으로

  • Received : 2015.04.15
  • Accepted : 2015.06.11
  • Published : 2015.06.30

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the burden and quality of life among family caregivers of terminal cancer patients and the relationship of these variables. Methods: Data were collected from 80 family caregivers and analyzed using SPSS 19.0 program. Results: Burden was found to have significant relationships with age, marriage, relations with patients, living together with patients and medical expense burden(p<.05). Quality of life was found to have significant differences according to age, marriage, educational background, relations with patients and living together with patients(p<.05). Burden and quality of life showed a negative correlation(r=-.538, p<.001). Conclusion: These results suggest that more attentions and interventions such as support programs should be given to family caregivers of terminal cancer patients, which can decrease the burden of family caregivers to enhance their quality of life.

Keywords

Burden;Cancer;Correlation;Family Caregivers;Quality of Life

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