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Sense of Coherence as Predictor of Quality of Life in Early Breast Cancer Patients.

Authors
  • Vähäaho, Niina1, 2
  • Hakamies-Blomqvist, Liisa3
  • Blomqvist, Carl3
  • Kellokumpu-Lehtinen, Pirkko-Liisa4
  • Huovinen, Riikka5
  • Saarto, Tiina6
  • Hakulinen, Christian7
  • 1 Department of Psychology and Logopedics, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland. , (Finland)
  • 2 Helsinki University Central Hospital, Helsinki, Finland. , (Finland)
  • 3 Department of Oncology, Helsinki University Central Hospital, Comprehensive Cancer Center and University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland. , (Finland)
  • 4 Tampere University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology, and Tampere University Hospital, Cancer Center, Center of Research, Development and Innovation, Tampere, Finland. , (Finland)
  • 5 Turku University Hospital, Department of Oncology, and University of Turku, Faculty of Medicine, Turku, Finland. , (Finland)
  • 6 Department of Oncology, Helsinki University Central Hospital, Comprehensive Cancer Center and University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland; [email protected] [email protected] , (Finland)
  • 7 Department of Psychology and Logopedics, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland; [email protected] [email protected] , (Finland)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Anticancer Research
Publisher
International Institute of Anticancer Research
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2021
Volume
41
Issue
10
Pages
5045–5052
Identifiers
DOI: 10.21873/anticanres.15319
PMID: 34593453
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

To examine the association between sense of coherence (SOC) and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in early breast cancer patients. The study population included 406 disease-free breast cancer survivors who participated in 3-year and 5-year follow-ups of a randomized exercise intervention. SOC was assessed using the short version of the Orientation to life questionnaire (SOC-13) in the 3-year follow-up. HRQoL was self-reported using the EORTC QLQC30 questionnaire in both 3-year and 5-year follow-ups. The association between SOC and HRQoL was analyzed using the Spearman's rank correlation coefficient. SOC had a strong positive correlation with global HRQoL in both 3-year (rs=0.57, p<0.01) and 5-year (rs=0.51, p<0.01) follow-ups. This study provides evidence of SOC's predictive value for HRQoL in early breast cancer patients. SOC might be used for identifying patients who will profit most from psychosocial support and intervention during the rehabilitation period. Copyright © 2021 International Institute of Anticancer Research (Dr. George J. Delinasios), All rights reserved.

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