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Korean J Adult Nurs. 2017 Oct;29(5):463-471. Korean. Original Article.
Park J , Kim N .
College of Nursing, Keimyung University, Daegu, Korea.


The objective of the study was to identify impact of depression, fatigue, family support, and resilience on rehabilitation among cancer survivors.


One hundred and twenty-four participants who visited an out-patient department were recruited from a university hospital in Korea. An inclusion criterion was no reported relapse following the primary cancer treatment. Data were collected from July 1st to August 31st, 2014. Data analysis included an independent t-test, ANOVA, Pearson correlation coefficients and multiple regression using the SPSS 19.0 program.


Rehabilitation of those with colon and breast cancer was significantly correlated with depression, fatigue, family support and resilience. In a regression analysis, cancer rehabilitation accounted for 79.2% of the variance of depression, fatigue, monthly household income and resilience. The most significant factor affecting the success of rehabilitation was depression (β=-0.39, p < .001).


The results of the study indicate the importance of managing depression for the successful rehabilitation of cancer survivors. Nurses should prioritize the development and implementation of effective interventions for the improvement of rehabilitation among cancer survivors.

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