The Relationships between Palliative Care and Quality of Life among Breast Cancer Patients at Adam Malik Central Hospital in Medan, Indonesia
Keywords:Breast Cancer, Quality of Life, Palliative Care
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in women wotdlwide. The occurrence of breast cancer is very diverse, resulting from the internal and external factors of individuals. Patients diagnosed with breast cancer will experience social, medical, psychological, spiritual, and physical problems, which can affect quality of life. The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between palliative care and quality of life among patients with breast cancer at Adam Malik Central General Hospital in Medan, Indonesia.. This study was a cross sectional study. Eighty- three (83) patients with breast cancer were selected by purposive sampling technique. Quality of life questionnaires for cancer patients, The EORTC QLQ-C30 Indonesian Version 28 item questionnaire and 43-item questionnaire of palliative care were used for data collection to measure the variables. We computed descriptive statistics (frequency, percentage, mean, standard deviation) and performed a Chi-square test for the association between accepting and receiving pallative care and having a good quality of life. The results of this study found that high percentages of patients with breast cancer accepted palliative care (67.5%), and a large percentage of breast cancer patients felt their quality of life was high (89.2%). There was a significant association between accepting palliative care and having a high quality of life of patients with breast cancer (P= 0.001). .Health care providers should promote palliative care to patients diagnosed with breast cancer to increase their perception and quality of life.
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