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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 40-47

Social support and quality of life in cancer patients: A study of palliative shelters in West Java


1 Department of Community Nursing, Faculty of Nursing Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung, Indonesia
2 Department of Medical Surgical Nursing, Faculty of Nursing Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung, Indonesia
3 Department of Pediatric Nursing, Faculty of Nursing Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung, Indonesia
4 Department of Psychiatric Nursing, Faculty of Nursing Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung, Indonesia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Laili Rahayuwati
Department of Community Nursing, Faculty of Nursing Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung
Indonesia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/mtsm.mtsm_58_20

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Background: The risk of lifestyle and environment will lead to an increase in cancer prevalence. Therefore, it needs managing support for palliative cancer patients. The purpose of the study was to obtain the correlation between social support characteristics and cancer patients' quality of life. Method: This research using a cross-sectional approach was conducted in several palliative shelters. Samples were 93 respondents, obtained using a quota sampling technique. The variables used were social support (family, friends, and others) and the cancer patient's quality of life. Result: The results showed that social support received at a high level was most obtained from the family as many as 65 respondents (69.9%). Furthermore, the social support factor of cancer patients related to the quality of life was friends' support (p-value <0.05), while other factors were considered irrelevant. The collecting data technique was used due to the dynamics of patients seeking treatment at the West Java provincial referral hospital. Conclusion: the friend's support is significant for improving the quality of life of cancer patients. Peer groups are an essential component in managing health care in the community.


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