Health status and life satisfaction among breast cancer survivor peer support volunteers

Psychooncology. May-Jun 2002;11(3):199-211. doi: 10.1002/pon.550.


Two measures of health-related quality of life (HRQOL), the Medical Outcomes Survey Short Form 36 (SF-36) and the Satisfaction with Life Domains Scale for Cancer (SLDS-C), were compared to examine the relationship between health status and life satisfaction among breast cancer survivors (BCSs). A total of 586 BCSs, all of whom were volunteers in peer support programs, met inclusion criteria and completed the self-report measures. Significant correlation coefficients were shown between life satisfaction and measures of health status. SF-36 scores were significantly higher for physical functioning, emotional well-being, and vitality subscales compared to population norms. BCSs expressed greatest dissatisfaction with their sexual ability, physical strength, and bodies in general. Small age differences were found. Results suggest that incorporating multiple measures of HRQOL contribute to the understanding and measurement of the effects of cancer on perceived health status and life satisfaction.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Breast Neoplasms / psychology*
  • Female
  • Health Status*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Personal Satisfaction*
  • Sampling Studies
  • Self-Help Groups / organization & administration*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires / standards*
  • Survivors / psychology*
  • Volunteers / psychology*
  • Women's Health