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A Study of the Association of Social Support and Quality of Life among Breast Cancer Patients－ A Case Study of A Supporting Group in Northern Taiwan
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The main purpose of this study is to discuss the relations between breast cancer patients, fellow patient supporting group, and the social support and life quality of the breast cancer patients. The survey was taken from a group of fellow patients that is working with a supporting group in northern Taiwan, with 154 valid effective questionnaires. Result indicated: (1) Breast cancer fellow patient's life quality falls the medium degree; they feel best in the physical comfort, but the psychological peacefulness and comfortable feeling is worst. The patients also feel the social supports are above average. In general, the emotional support mostly comes from the self-respect support, but the emotional support is found lacking. Family members associated with emotional, self-respect and all the actual supports is higher patient support groups and the medical care personnel; the fellow patient support groups have stronger ability in communicating and providing medical information than the family members and medical care personnel. The surveyed result for patients attending the fellow patient support groups as follows: average participation time is 4.98 years, the interactive frequency is between about 40 to 70 %, and about 44% of the fellow patient networks have 1 to 5 patients. The self-motivated interactions and communications between patients and the fellow patient supporting groups are above average. (2) In terms of relationship between individual essential attribute, disease characteristics with participate in the fellow patient supporting groups: the initial breast cancer diagnosis time is long, with the least present treatment types. If the patients work as management level in their job, they tend to participate in the group activities longer, and also the patients are more likely to have more frequent and better voluntary interactions between the patients. If the patients are currently without occupation, they prefer to attend group activities, as well as accept the support groups’ service via telephone. (3) The more frequent the breast cancer patients participate in the fellow patient supporting program, the more social support the patients can get the support group. (4) The surveyed patients’ overall social support and life quality are not related. (5) This research discovered that medical care personnel’s emotional support is the primary factor to affect patient’s comfort level. However, family member's social and self-respect supports have significant impact on the patient’s overall life quality and emotional peacefulness. Though this research, we’ve gained more knowledge in how the breast cancer patients attend the patient support group, how well they receive social support, and the quality of patients’ life. Further, this research provides evaluations in the patient support system and medical care, which is a valuable reference to improve the breast cancer patients’ social support and life quality.
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