Quality of life domains important and relevant to family caregivers of advanced cancer patients in an Asian population: a qualitative study

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Quality of life domains important and relevant to family caregivers of advanced cancer patients in an Asian population: a qualitative study
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Quality of life domains important and relevant to family caregivers of advanced cancer patients in an Asian population: a qualitative study
Journal Title:
Quality of Life Research
Publication Date:
25 October 2014
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Purpose: This study aims to identify domains of quality of life (QoL) that are culturally relevant to Chinese caregivers of advanced cancer patients in Singapore and to evaluate content adequacy of currently available instruments for use in the target population. Methods: English- and Chinese-speaking caregivers of advanced cancer patients receiving care under a tertiary cancer center and/or a community hospice home care/daycare provider were recruited for in-depth interviews. The interviews were analyzed using thematic analysis. The identified domains, themes, and sub-themes were compared to concepts addressed by items from five existing cancer-specific caregiver QoL instruments. Results: Eighteen female and eight male caregivers aged 28-74 years participated in the study. Twenty-nine QoL themes and 59 sub-themes were identified in six domains, namely, physical health, mental health, social health, spiritual health, financial health and daily life. Collectively, but not individually, the content of the five existing instruments adequately cover the physical health domain, social health domain, and some themes on mental health domain for the study population. Content gaps were identified in the domains of mental health, spiritual health, daily life and financial health. Conclusions: The present study found culturally and contextually specific themes and sub-themes about positive emotional health, spiritual health, and financial health.
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0962-9343
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