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Psychooncology. 2016 Oct;25(10):1222-1228. doi: 10.1002/pon.4131. Epub 2016 Apr 6.

Inequalities in long term health-related quality of life between partnered and not partnered breast cancer survivors through the mediation effect of social support.

Author information

1
School of Public Health, The University of Queensland, Australia. j.leung1@uq.edu.au.
2
Policy and Epidemiology Group, Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research, Australia. j.leung1@uq.edu.au.
3
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland, Australia.
4
School of Public Health, The University of Queensland, Australia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To compare long-term quality of life outcomes by marital status among women living with breast cancer, and to test the mediation effects of social support as an underlying factor.

METHODS:

Data are drawn from 1996 to 2010 of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health. The sample included 505 women with breast cancer with six years of follow-up data. Social support was measured by the Medical Outcomes Study Social Support Survey (MOS-SSS). Physical and mental health-related quality of life (HRQOL) was measured using the Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36).

RESULTS:

Breast cancer survivors who did not have a partner, compared to those who had a partner, had significantly lower levels of social support, which was associated with poorer HRQOL. Social support mediated the relationship between not having a partner and poorer HRQOL. Results were consistent after taken into consideration socio-demographic characteristics, which included age, highest level of education, country of birth, and area of residence.

CONCLUSIONS:

Women recovering from breast cancer who do not have partners have poorer physical and mental HRQOL, than those with partners, with a lack of social support as an underlying inequality. Partners of breast cancer survivors are importance sources in the provision of social support to help them maintain well-being and quality of life. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

PMID:
27062092
DOI:
10.1002/pon.4131
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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