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Korean Journal of Women Health Nursing 2014;20(1):83-91.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4069/kjwhn.2014.20.1.83    Published online March 31, 2014.
Effects of Resilience, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder on the Quality of Life in Patients with Breast Cancer
Boo Young Ha, Eun Jung Jung, So Young Choi
1Department of Nursing, Samsung Changwon Hospital, Changwon, Korea.
2Department of Surgery, Post-graduated School of Medicine, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, Korea.
3College of Nursing, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, Korea. csy4214@hanmail.net
4Institute of Health Sciences, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, Korea.
The purpose of this study was to identify relationships of resilience, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD), and quality of life of breast cancer patients. The findings from this study would provide baseline data needed for nursing intervention.
A sample of 129 breast cancer patients was recruited from three hospitals in J and C cities in Korea. The survey was conducted with participants by utilizing self-reported questionnaires.
Quality of life showed statistically significant differences on religion (t=2.11, p=.033) and hobby (t=2.79, p=.006). Resilience and PTSD had a negative correlation (r=-.22, p=.010). Resilience and quality of life of the participants had a positive correlation (r=.58, p<.001), whereas PTSD and quality of life had a negative correlation (r=-.45, p<.001). Significant predictors of quality of life were resilience and PTSD. These variables explained 44.9% of the variance in quality of life.
Findings indicate that as resilience of breast cancer patients rose higher and PTSD got lower, their quality of life increased. Based on these results, nursing interventions directed towards improving resilience and relieving PTSD is proposed.
Key Words: Resilience; Breast cancer; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); Quality of life

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