The Impact of Cancer on Childhood Cancer Survivors' Psychosocial Well-Being and Health-Related Quality of Life

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/243549
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
The Impact of Cancer on Childhood Cancer Survivors' Psychosocial Well-Being and Health-Related Quality of Life
Author(s):
Chung, Joyce Oi Kwan; Lopez, Violeta
Author Details:
Chung, Joyce Oi Kwan, RN, BHS, MPH, wlhc123@netvigator.com; Lopez, Violeta, RN, PhD, FRCNA;
Abstract:
Purpose: Notwithstanding cancer survival rates are higher than before as a result of advances in cancer screening and breakthroughs in cancer treatment, childhood cancer survivors are at risk of adverse physical and psychosocial effects of the cancer treatment, severely affecting their quality of life. The purpose of the study was to shed light on the impact of cancer and its treatments on the psychosocial well-being and health-related quality of life of Hong Kong Chinese childhood cancer survivors.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was employed. A total of 137 childhood cancer survivors (9-16-year olds) who had their medical follow-up at the out-patient clinic were invited to participate in the study. Participants were asked to respond to the Chinese version of the Centre for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale for Children, Rosenberg’s Self-Esteem Scale, and Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory.

Results: This study showed that a significant number of childhood cancer survivors in Hong Kong were potentially at risk of depression, or at least presented some depressive symptoms. The study also indicated that greater symptomatology of depression in childhood cancer survivors was associated with lower self-esteem, and poor health-related quality of life. Additionally, results of multiple regression analysis revealed that depressive symptom is an important indicator of the health-related quality of life of childhood cancer survivors.

 Conclusion: This study has addressed a gap in the literature by examining the impact of cancer and its treatments on the psychosocial well-being of Hong Kong Chinese childhood cancer survivors. The study reveals that cancer and its treatments have great impact on the psychosocial well-being, in particular the health-related quality of life of childhood cancer survivors. It is essential for health care professionals to develop and evaluate appropriate interventions with the aims at promoting psychosocial well-being and health-related quality of life for childhood cancer survivors.

Keywords:
Psychosocial well-being; Quality of life; Childhood cancer survivors
Repository Posting Date:
12-Sep-2012
Date of Publication:
12-Sep-2012
Conference Date:
2012
Conference Name:
23rd International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Brisbane, Australia

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Impact of Cancer on Childhood Cancer Survivors' Psychosocial Well-Being and Health-Related Quality of Lifeen_GB
dc.contributor.authorChung, Joyce Oi Kwanen_GB
dc.contributor.authorLopez, Violetaen_GB
dc.author.detailsChung, Joyce Oi Kwan, RN, BHS, MPH, wlhc123@netvigator.com; Lopez, Violeta, RN, PhD, FRCNA;en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/243549-
dc.description.abstract<b>Purpose: </b>Notwithstanding cancer survival rates are higher than before as a result of advances in cancer screening and breakthroughs in cancer treatment, childhood cancer survivors are at risk of adverse physical and psychosocial effects of the cancer treatment, severely affecting their quality of life. The purpose of the study was to shed light on the impact of cancer and its treatments on the psychosocial well-being and health-related quality of life of Hong Kong Chinese childhood cancer survivors. <p><b>Methods: </b>A cross-sectional study was employed. A total of 137 childhood cancer survivors (9-16-year olds) who had their medical follow-up at the out-patient clinic were invited to participate in the study. Participants were asked to respond to the Chinese version of the Centre for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale for Children, Rosenberg&rsquo;s Self-Esteem Scale, and Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory. <p><b>Results: </b>This study showed that a significant number of childhood cancer survivors in Hong Kong were potentially at risk of depression, or at least presented some depressive symptoms. The study also indicated that greater symptomatology of depression in childhood cancer survivors was associated with lower self-esteem, and poor health-related quality of life. Additionally, results of multiple regression analysis revealed that depressive symptom is an important indicator of the health-related quality of life of childhood cancer survivors. <p>&nbsp;<b>Conclusion: </b>This study has addressed a gap in the literature by examining the impact of cancer and its treatments on the psychosocial well-being of Hong Kong Chinese childhood cancer survivors. The study reveals that cancer and its treatments have great impact on the psychosocial well-being, in particular the health-related quality of life of childhood cancer survivors. It is essential for health care professionals to develop and evaluate appropriate interventions with the aims at promoting psychosocial well-being and health-related quality of life for childhood cancer survivors.en_GB
dc.subjectPsychosocial well-beingen_GB
dc.subjectQuality of lifeen_GB
dc.subjectChildhood cancer survivorsen_GB
dc.date.available2012-09-12T09:23:50Z-
dc.date.issued2012-09-12-
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-12T09:23:50Z-
dc.conference.date2012en_GB
dc.conference.name23rd International Nursing Research Congressen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationBrisbane, Australiaen_GB
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