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Symptom distress, spirituality, and quality of life in African American breast cancer survivors.
Cancer Nurs 2008 Jan-Feb; 31(1):E15-21CN

Abstract

This study examined the relationships among the demographic characteristics, symptom distress, spirituality, and quality of life (QOL) of African American breast cancer survivors. A convenience sample of 30 survivors with a mean age of 56 years and a mean survival of 6 years was recruited from African American breast cancer support groups and churches in the Southeastern United States. Data were collected through face-to-face interviews using a demographic questionnaire, the Quality of Life Index-Cancer Version, the Symptom Distress Scale, and the Spiritual Perspective Scale. Statistically significant relationships were found between symptoms and QOL (r = -0.62, P < .05) and between spirituality and QOL (r = 0.70, P < .05). No statistically significant relationships were found between age at diagnosis, income, or education and QOL. This research suggests that symptoms and spirituality are associated with QOL. Culturally appropriate care should be provided to these women to reduce health disparities and to improve their QOL.

Authors+Show Affiliations

School of Nursing, Duke University, Durham, USA. ashley_leak@hotmail.comNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18176122

Citation

Leak, Ashley, et al. "Symptom Distress, Spirituality, and Quality of Life in African American Breast Cancer Survivors." Cancer Nursing, vol. 31, no. 1, 2008, pp. E15-21.
Leak A, Hu J, King CR. Symptom distress, spirituality, and quality of life in African American breast cancer survivors. Cancer Nurs. 2008;31(1):E15-21.
Leak, A., Hu, J., & King, C. R. (2008). Symptom distress, spirituality, and quality of life in African American breast cancer survivors. Cancer Nursing, 31(1), pp. E15-21. doi:10.1097/01.NCC.0000305681.06143.70.
Leak A, Hu J, King CR. Symptom Distress, Spirituality, and Quality of Life in African American Breast Cancer Survivors. Cancer Nurs. 2008;31(1):E15-21. PubMed PMID: 18176122.
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