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. 2014 Feb 27;3(1):47-55.
doi: 10.5681/jcs.2014.006. eCollection 2014 Mar.

Association Between Perception of Prognosis and Spiritual Well-being Among Cancer Patients

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Association Between Perception of Prognosis and Spiritual Well-being Among Cancer Patients

Alehe Seyedrasooly et al. J Caring Sci. .
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Introduction: Disclosure of cancer prognosis is one of the most difficult challenges in caring of cancer patients. An exact effect of prognosis disclosure on spiritual well-being of cancer patient was not completely investigated. Therefore, the present study aimed to investigate the relationship between perception of prognosis and spiritual well-being among cancer patients.

Methods: In this descriptive-correlational study, which conducted in 2013, two hundred cancer patients referred to Shahid Ghazi Hospital and private offices of two oncologists in Tabriz participated with convenience sampling method. Perception of prognosis was investigated by Perception of Prognosis Inventory and spiritual well-being of cancer patients was investigated by Paloutzian and Ellison Inventory. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and Pearson correlation test.

Results: Participants reported positive perception about the prognosis of their disease (score 11 from 15) and rated their spiritual well-being as high (score 99 from 120). There was a positive correlation between the perception of prognosis and spiritual health among cancer patients.

Conclusion: Disclosure of cancer prognosis has negative effects on cancer patients. This result highlights the importance of considering cultural factors in disclosure of cancer prognosis. According to limitations of the present study approving these results need more studies.

Keywords: Breaking bad news; Neoplasm; Prognosis; Spirituality.

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