Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

[Quality of Life of Cancer Patients’]


APRIL 30, 2018

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice - 2018;31(02)

[Aim of the study: This research is the part of an extended examination. It’s aim is to assess the cancer patients’ quality of life, how the diseas effects in the way of life, and also the psychologycal burden of the patients. Furthermore to assess the patient’s knowledge of their desease. Material and Methods: The research is descriptive, empirical, supplemenary, which in nurses and patients in oncology departments of Hondvéd Hospital in Budapest and Bács-Kiskun County Hospital in Kecskemét were attend. The method of the survey was an individual questionnaire. The evaulation of the results made with MS Excel and SPSS. The complete evaluable questionnaire’s rate is 74,9% (N=131). Results: the patients judge their own health and quality of life to low in a rate of 56,6%, and 75% of them stated that their way of life and their daily routin has changed in a significant extent. 50% of the responders described their actual emotional condition with a negative indicative, and also occur different psychic disfunctions amuong them. For example the depression in a rate of 17,5%, anxiety is in 18,5%, and reduced self-evaluation in 14,1%. A significant majority (76,3%) of respondents don’t possess the appropriate knowledge. Conclusions: The disease effect on cancer patients’ way of life and quality of life in a significant way. Patients are exposed to a significant psycholigycal burden. ]



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