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Determinants of quality of life for breast cancer patients in Shanghai, China

Yan, B and Yang, LM and Hao, LP and Yang, C and Quan, L and Wang, LH and Wu, Z and Li, XP and Gao, YT and Sun, Q and Yuan, JM (2016) Determinants of quality of life for breast cancer patients in Shanghai, China. PLoS ONE, 11 (4).

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Abstract

© 2016 Yan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Purpose: To evaluate the association of social support status, health insurance and clinical factors with the quality of life of Chinese women with breast cancer. Methods: Information on demographics, clinical characteristics, and social support status was collected from 1,160 women with newly diagnosed breast cancer in Shanghai, China. The Perceived Social Support Scale was used to assess different sources of social support for breast cancer patients. The quality of life was evaluated using the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Breast Cancer that consisted of five domains: breast cancer-specific, emotional, functional, physical, and social & family well-being. Multivariate linear regression models were used to evaluate the associations of demographic variables, clinical characteristics, and social support status with the quality of life measures. Results: Adequate social support from family members, friends and neighbors, and higher scores of Perceived Social Support Scale were associated with significantly improved quality of life of breast cancer patients. Higher household income, medical insurance plans with low copayment, and treatment with traditional Chinese medicine for breast cancer all were associated with higher (better) scores of quality of life measures whereas patients receiving chemotherapy had significantly lower scores of quality of life. Conclusion: Social support and financial aids may significantly improve the quality of life of breast cancer survivors.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Yan, B
Yang, LM
Hao, LP
Yang, C
Quan, L
Wang, LH
Wu, Z
Li, XP
Gao, YT
Sun, Q
Yuan, JMyuanj@pitt.eduYUANJ
Contributors:
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
EditorLafrenie, Robert M.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 1 April 2016
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: PLoS ONE
Volume: 11
Number: 4
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1371/journal.pone.0153714
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2016 17:30
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2019 15:56
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/28269

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