Quality of life and health status of dyads of women with lung cancer and family members

Linda Sarna, Mary E. Cooley, Jean K. Brown, Roma D. Williams, Cynthia C Chernecky, Geraldine Padilla, Leda Layo Danao

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Purpose/Objectives: To describe and compare the quality of life (QOL) and health status of dyads of women with lung cancer and their family members and to explore the correlates of family members' QOL. Research Approach: Descriptive, cross-sectional. Setting: Interview, self-report. Participants: 51 dyads consisting of women with lung cancer and their family members. Methodologic Approach: One-time assessment of family members' and patients' QOL, health status, and demographics and patients' clinical characteristics. Main Research Variables: Family and patient QOL and health status. Findings: QOL of the dyads was not significantly related. Poorer physical QOL of family members was associated with older age, comorbid conditions, less education, and alcohol use. Poorer emotional QOL of family members was associated with younger age, depressed mood, and not being a spouse. Fifty-nine percent of family members had comorbid conditions. Significantly more family members continued to smoke and use alcohol. Conclusions: The QOL of family members of patients with lung cancer is diminished when their own health status is compromised. Further study is needed. Interpretation: Additional study is needed to identify family members at risk for diminished QOL and with compromised health status because these factors might affect ability to support patients with lung cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1109-1116
Number of pages8
JournalOncology nursing forum
Volume33
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2006

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Health Status
Lung Neoplasms
Quality of Life
Alcohols
Aptitude
Spouses
Smoke
Self Report
Demography
Interviews
Education

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  • Oncology(nursing)

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Sarna, L., Cooley, M. E., Brown, J. K., Williams, R. D., Chernecky, C. C., Padilla, G., & Danao, L. L. (2006). Quality of life and health status of dyads of women with lung cancer and family members. Oncology nursing forum, 33(6), 1109-1116. https://doi.org/10.1188/06.ONF.1109-1116

Quality of life and health status of dyads of women with lung cancer and family members. / Sarna, Linda; Cooley, Mary E.; Brown, Jean K.; Williams, Roma D.; Chernecky, Cynthia C; Padilla, Geraldine; Danao, Leda Layo.

In: Oncology nursing forum, Vol. 33, No. 6, 01.11.2006, p. 1109-1116.

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Sarna, L, Cooley, ME, Brown, JK, Williams, RD, Chernecky, CC, Padilla, G & Danao, LL 2006, 'Quality of life and health status of dyads of women with lung cancer and family members', Oncology nursing forum, vol. 33, no. 6, pp. 1109-1116. https://doi.org/10.1188/06.ONF.1109-1116
Sarna, Linda ; Cooley, Mary E. ; Brown, Jean K. ; Williams, Roma D. ; Chernecky, Cynthia C ; Padilla, Geraldine ; Danao, Leda Layo. / Quality of life and health status of dyads of women with lung cancer and family members. In: Oncology nursing forum. 2006 ; Vol. 33, No. 6. pp. 1109-1116.
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