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Perceived social support and its impact on depression and health-related quality of life: a comparison between cancer patients and general population

Authors
 Hyosang Yoo  ;  Dong Wook Shin  ;  Ansuk Jeong  ;  So Young Kim  ;  Hyung-kook Yang  ;  Jun Suk Kim  ;  Ji Eun Lee  ;  Jae Hwan Oh  ;  Eun-Cheol Park  ;  Keeho Park  ;  Jong-Hyock Park 
Citation
 JAPANESE JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY, Vol.47(8) : 728-734, 2017 
Journal Title
 JAPANESE JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY 
ISSN
 0368-2811 
Issue Date
2017
MeSH
Depression/psychology ; Depression/therapy* ; Depressive Disorder ; Female ; Humans ; Male ; Middle Aged ; Neoplasms/psychology* ; Perception ; Quality of Life/psychology* ; Social Support* ; Surveys and Questionnaires
Keywords
cancer patients ; depressive symptoms ; general population ; health-related quality of life ; perceived social support
Abstract
Objective: It is well known that cancer patients' perception of social support is associated with their depressive symptoms and health-related quality of life. However, there have been little studies that compared the variates of cancer patients with the general population. We sought to compare differences in the level of perceived social support and the impact of perceived social support on depressive symptoms and health-related quality of life between cancer survivors and the general population. Methods: Data were collected from 1818 cancer patients treated at the National Cancer Center and regional cancer centers in South Korea. The control group of the general population was composed of 2000 individuals without cancer from community. Results: Cancer patients reported significantly higher level of perceived social support than the general population, while they reported lower health-related quality of life and were more susceptible to depression. The positive associations of higher perceived social support with lower depressive symptoms, as well as with higher health-related quality of life, were stronger among cancer patients than among the general population. Conclusions: The interaction effect suggests that the impact of social support would be stronger among cancer patients than the general public. Thus, it would be beneficial to pay attention to providing social support to cancer patients, particularly to those who are more vulnerable. Furthermore, investigation of the most effective and efficient methods to deliver social support interventions would be worthwhile.
Full Text
https://academic.oup.com/jjco/article/47/8/728/3836890
DOI
10.1093/jjco/hyx064
Appears in Collections:
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Preventive Medicine and Public Health (예방의학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Park, Eun-Cheol(박은철) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2306-5398
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/160683
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