J Korean Oncol Nurs.  2010 Aug;10(2):129-136.

Relationship between Stress and Quality of Life of Family Caregivers of Patient with Lung Cancer

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  • 1College of Nursing, Eulji University, Daejeon, Korea. pjy@eulji.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
This study was conducted to examine the relationship between stress and quality of life of family caregivers of patients with lung cancer.
METHODS
From April 18 to May 4, 2009, data were collected using self-report questionnaires with 95 family caregivers of lung cancer patients in G cancer center. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, t-test, ANOVA and pearson's correlation coefficient with SPSS 14.0.
RESULTS
The mean score of the stress level was 27.5 (SD=14.77). The mean score of the QOL was 73.0 (SD=17.86). The stress level of family caregiver showed significant difference according to gender (psychological stress p=.011, total level of stress p=.042) and availableness of second caregiver (physical stress p=.023, psychological stress p=.035, total level of stress p=.001). The QOL of family caregivers showed significant difference according to daily caring (positive adaptation p=.045) and financial burden on treatment expense (positive adaptation p=.004, total quality of life p=.043). The negative correlation was found between stress and QOL of family caregivers (r=-.67, p=.032).
CONCLUSION
These results indicate a need to develop nursing intervention programs for family caregivers to reduce stress and improve QOL.

Keyword

Lung cancer; Family caregiver; Stress; Quality of life

MeSH Terms

Caregivers
Humans
Lung
Lung Neoplasms
Quality of Life
Surveys and Questionnaires
Stress, Psychological
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