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The Impact of Socioeconomic Status on Quality of Life among Breast Cancer Survivors : Focusing on Breast Cancer Survivors in Their 40s

유방암 생존자의 사회경제적 지위가 삶의 질에 미치는 영향 : 40대 유방암 생존자를 대상으로

  • Received : 2015.12.04
  • Accepted : 2015.12.31
  • Published : 2016.02.28

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of socioeconomic status on quality of life(QOL) among breast cancer survivors. The data were from breast cancer survivors in their forties, among whom the prevalence in terms of age was the highest in Korea. A total of 607 cases were analyzed and the mean scores of QOL measured by FACT-B were 93.75(SD=21.50). After controlling for the other socio-demographic and medical variables, QOL was significantly correlated to income and job type, which confirms the association between high socioeconomic status and better QOL. Specifically, groups with higher income($${\geq_-}4$$ million won/month, ${\beta}=0.11$, p= .03) and groups with self-employed(${\beta}=0.10$, p= .01) or professional/managerial(${\beta}=0.17$, p< .001) job type showed significantly better QOL. The need for more attention and support, including formal and informal resources, for breast cancer survivors with low socio-economic status and the implication for practice were discussed.

Keywords

Quality of Life;Socioeconomic Status;Breast Cancer;Survivors

Acknowledgement

Supported by : 덕성여자대학교

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