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The effect of coping strategy on quality of life in patients with NSCLC

Authors Chabowski M, Jankowska-Polanska B, Lomper K, Janczak D

Received 24 May 2018

Accepted for publication 3 August 2018

Published 1 October 2018 Volume 2018:10 Pages 4085—4093

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/CMAR.S175210

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Nakshatri


Mariusz Chabowski,1,2 Beata Jankowska-Polańska,3 Katarzyna Lomper,3 Dariusz Janczak1,2

1Division of Surgical Procedures, Department of Clinical Nursing, Faculty of Health Science, Wroclaw Medical University, Wroclaw, Poland; 2Department of Surgery, 4th Military Teaching Hospital, Wroclaw, Poland; 3Division of Nursing in Internal Diseases, Department of Clinical Nursing, Faculty of Health Science, Wroclaw Medical University, Wroclaw, Poland

Background: A cancer diagnosis is a source of emotional distress. The aim of the study was to evaluate coping strategies in patients with non-small-cell lung carcinoma and to assess how coping strategies along with other factors affect their quality of life.
Patients and methods: A total of 185 patients with non-small-cell lung carcinoma were enrolled in this observational, cross-sectional study. Demographic and clinical data were collected. Strategies for coping with cancer were assessed using a shortened version of the Mental Adjustment to Cancer (MiniMAC) scale. Health-related quality of life was assessed using the Short Form-8 Health Survey.
Results: Respondents (mean age: 62.84±9.6 years) most often emerged as using a fighting strategy, whereas a sense of helplessness was the strategy used least often. Overall, 65% of the respondents were revealed to have a medium level of constructive style of coping, whereas 62% had a medium level of destructive style. The coping style of nearly 50% of the respondents was predominantly constructive. Patients whose coping style was predominantly constructive had a significantly higher level of quality of life than patients whose coping style was predominantly destructive or whose results showed a balance between the two coping styles. Lung cancer patients had higher scores on the mental functioning scale (mental component summary = 50.20±39.26) than on the physical functioning scale (physical component summary = 40.07±28.58).
Conclusion: The majority of lung cancer patients use effective strategies for coping with the disease, which correlates with a better quality of life; a compromised quality of life is associated with a destructive coping style. Physicians should endeavor to promote positive, constructive, problem-oriented strategies of coping, especially in patients with a compromised quality of life, where the disease is advanced and when there are comorbidities.

Keywords: lung cancer, coping strategy, quality of life

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