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Depression and suicide ideas of cancer patients and influencing factors in South Korea

Authors
 Su Jin Lee  ;  Jong Hyock Park  ;  Bo Young Park  ;  So Young Kim  ;  Il Hak Lee  ;  Jong Heun Kim  ;  Dai Ha Koh  ;  Chang-Hoon Kim  ;  Jae Hyun Park  ;  Myong Sei Sohn 
Citation
 ASIAN PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CANCER PREVENTION, Vol.15(7) : 2945-2950, 2014-03 
Journal Title
 ASIAN PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CANCER PREVENTION 
ISSN
 1513-7368 
Issue Date
2014-03
MeSH
Aged ; Depression / epidemiology* ; Female ; Humans ; Male ; Middle Aged ; Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / drug therapy ; Neoplasms / drug therapy* ; Quality of Life ; Republic of Korea / epidemiology ; Risk Factors ; Sex Factors ; Social Support ; Stress, Psychological ; Suicidal Ideation*
Keywords
cancer patients ; depression ; distress management ; social economic support ; suicidal ideas ; Korea
Abstract
Background: This study compared risk factors for depression and suicidal ideas among cancer patients for comparison with the general population, and identified influencing factors. Materials and methods: We analyzed data from 2,472 cancer patients in the National Cancer Center and nine Regional Cancer Centers and frequency-matched data for age and sex from 2,349 members of the general population who completed the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in 2008. Logistic regression analysis was used to identify factors affecting depression and suicidal ideas. Results: Cancer patients were not likely to have more depression (OR=0.96, 95%CI=0.79-1.18) and were less likely to have suicidal ideas (OR=0.64, 95%CI=0.53-0.79) compared to the general population. Female sex, more stress, and lower quality of life were influencing factors. The additional risk factors for suicidal ideas among cancer patients included income (OR=0.62, 95%CI=0.43-0.91), smoking (OR=1.63, 95% CI=1.06-2.50), recurrence (OR=1.50, 95%CI=1.15-1.95), and chemotherapy (OR=1.66, 95%CI=1.26-2.19). Conclusions: No differences appeared in depression rates between cancer patients and the general population, and cancer patients were less likely to have suicidal ideas. However, cancer patients were likely to have more risk factors than the general population, and those classified as being at high risk of suicide should receive distress management and social economic support, from early in the treatment process.
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DOI
10.7314/apjcp.2014.15.7.2945
Appears in Collections:
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Preventive Medicine and Public Health (예방의학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Medical Law and Bioethics (의료법윤리학과) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Sohn, Myong Sei(손명세) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4817-0127
Lee, Il Hak(이일학) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6531-8752
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/178447
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