Association Between Family Support and Quality of Life of Women with Cervical Cancer at Dr. Pirngadi Medan Hospital, North Sumatera


Ingantaria Barus

 

Universitas Sumatera Utara

 

ABSTRACT

Background: The concept of social support has been used in many studies involved health problems and treatment particularly in cancer. As a major influencing factor in emotional adaption onto severe diseases, adequate social support provides perceived feeling that captivates someone by sharing worries or prob­lems. This study was aimed to examine the association between family support and quality of life of women with cervical cancer at Dr. Pirngadi Medan Hospital, North Sumatera.

Subjects and Method: A cross-sectional study was conducted at Dr. Pirngadi general hospital, Medan, North Sumatera, from August to December 2017. A sample of 48 women with cervical cancer was selected for this study. The depen­dent variable was quality of life. The independent variable was family support. The data were collected by questionnaire and analyzed by chi square.

Results: Family support is positively associated with quality of life of women with cervical cancer (OR= 2.35; CI= 1.70 to 5.43; p= 0.043). Women with strong fami­ly support were 2.35 times more likely to have good quality of life than counterparts with weak family support.

Conclusion: Family support is positively associated with quality of life of wo­­men with cervical cancer. Family support should be enhanced to improve the qu­ality of life of women with cervical cancer.

Keywords: cervical cancer, family support, quality of life

Correspondence: Ingantaria Barus. Universitas Sumatera Utara, Medan, North Sumatera. Email: ingantaria2018barus@gmail.com. Mobile: 085261193821

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26911/theicph.2018.01.18

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