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Korean Journal of Women Health Nursing 2010;16(1):10-19.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4069/kjwhn.2010.16.1.10   
A Study on the Relationship among Family Support, Stress and Quality of Life on according to the Phases of Illness in Breast Cancer Patients
Sang Sun Cheon, So Young Choi
1Gyeongsang University Hospital, Korea.
2College of Nursing, Gyeong-Sang National University, Institute of Health Science, Korea. css4214@gnu.ac.kr
Abstract
PURPOSE
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship among family support, stress and quality of life according to the phases of illness in breast cancer patients.
METHODS
A descriptive correlational study was employed with 121 breast cancer patients. The data was collected by using self reported questionnaire. Self reported data was collected by using the Family support scale, Perceived Stress Scale (PSS), and EORTC QLQ-BR23. Phases of illness consisted 1st phase, 2nd phase, 3rd phase.
RESULTS
The score of family supporting, stress and quality of life showed a statically differences according to the phase of illness. Family supporting and stress had negative relation in the first, second and third phase. Family supporting and quality of life in function area had positive relation in the first, second phase. There was no relation between family supporting and quality of life in symptom area. Stress, quality of life in symptom area and quality of life in function area had correlation in the first, third phase.
CONCLUSION
This study suggest that the new nursing implementation should be considered according to the phase of illness in order to improve the family supporting and quality of life and reduce the stress in breast cancer patients through this study results.
Key Words: Support; Stress; Quality of life; Phase of illness; Breast cancer


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