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Journal of Nursing & Patient Care

Research Article

Assessment of Quality of Life of Patients Undergoing Oncology Treatment

Adriane Cristina Bernat Kolankiewicz*, Gerli Elenise Gehrke Herr, Marli Maria Loro, Evelise Moraes Berlezi, Joseila Sonego Gomes
Regional University of the Northwest of Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil
Corresponding author : Adriane Cristina Bernat Kolankiewicz, Nurse, PhD
Professor, Undergraduate Nursing course, Graduate Program in Comprehensive Health Care of the Regional University of the Northwest of Rio Grande do Sul State, Ijui, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Tel: 55 3332-0622 - (55) 9681 – 6030
E-mail: adri.saudecoletiva@gmail.com
Received: November 28, 2016 Accepted: December 23, 2016 Published: December 30, 2016
Citation: Kolankiewicz ACB, Herr GEG, Loro MM, Berlezi EM, Gomes JS (2017) Assessment of Quality of Life of Patients Undergoing Oncology Treatment. J Nurs Patient Care 1:2.

Abstract

Objective: To assess the quality of life of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy assisted in a High Complexity Centre for Cancer Treatment in Southern Brazil.
Method: cross-sectional, descriptive study conducted at a High Complexity Centre for Cancer Treatment in Southern Brazil. Authors used a sociodemographic clinical questionnaire and the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer and the Quality of Life Core - 30 - Questionnare. For data analysis, authors used the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) for Windows, version 18.0.
Results: participants were 437 patients whose mean age was 57.46 ± 13.26 years. There was prevalence of women (60%), married people (68.6%), with incomplete primary education (63.8%) and with income of 01-02 minimum wages (60.2%). The Quality of Life Core -30-Questionnare showed that the most affected domains were role performance, emotional function and symptoms of “fatigue”, “pain” and “insomnia”. The overall quality of life reached satisfactory score and financial deficiency was also indicated by patients with an average of 27.05.
Conclusion: quality of life is affected by chemotherapy treatment for its potential to cause symptoms and change the daily life of individuals. Health professionals need to provide care taking into consideration the individual as an indivisible whole.

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