Quality of life of family caregivers of cancer patients in a developing nation

Gan, Gin Gin and Tey, Kevin Wen Fei and Mat, Sumaiyah and Saad, Marniza and Bee, Ping Chong and Abdul Malik, Rozita and Ho, Gwo Fuang and Ng, Chong Guan (2022) Quality of life of family caregivers of cancer patients in a developing nation. Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, 23 (11). p. 3905. ISSN 1513-7368, DOI https://doi.org/10.31557/APJCP.2022.23.11.3905.

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Background: Quality of life (QOL) of family caregivers of cancer patients is usually affected due to increase in caregiver burden. Their QOL has not garnered much attention by many including the health professionals and community. This study aims to explore the QOL of family caregivers of cancer patients in a multi-ethnic country in Asia and to investigate its associate factors. Methods: This is a cross-sectional study where family caregivers and patients who were diagnosed of cancers within 12 months were recruited. QOL of caregivers were measured using The Caregiver Quality of Life Index-Cancer (CQOLC). Psychological distress was measured using Hospital anxiety and depressive scale. Logistic regression analysis was performed to determine the related factors of QOL of caregivers. Results: A total of 458 patients/caregiver pairs were included. Symptoms of anxiety and depression reported by caregivers were 24.9 and 24.2 respectively. Caregivers of patients with solid tumors have better CQOLC score compared to those who cared for patients with hematological cancers (91.25 vs 86.75). Caregivers of non-Malay ethnicity, those caring for patients with advanced stage cancer and with hematological cancers had significantly poorer QOL. QOL of caregivers are also significantly affected when patients demonstrated anxiety symptoms. Conclusion: This study provides detailed evaluation of the QOL of caregivers of cancer patients in Malaysia. The significant psychological distress and low caregiver QOL indicate the urgent need for comprehensive supports for caregivers with cancer patients, especially those caring for patients with haematological cancers. © This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial 4.0 International License.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Malaysian Society of Haematology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Caregivers; Cross-sectional studies; Developing countries; Hematologic neoplasms; Humans; Neoplasms; Quality of life; Caregiver; Cross-sectional study; Developing country; Hematologic disease; Human; Neoplasm; QDuality of life
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2023 05:25
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2023 05:25
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/43701

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