Quality of Life

  • Fitzsimmons et al (1999) also discovered that patients' perception of quality of life was mediated by the process of coping.
  • Telch and Telch (1986) reported that people in a control group that did not include coping skills training did not adjust as well to their illness as people in a support group that included coping skills training.
  • Groups that are more than just supportive-expressive, and facilitate participants learning experiences through connectedness to a profound emotional experience, help patients learn more effectively (Breitbart and Heller, 2003).
  • Interventions aimed at increasing a person's spiritual well-being and developing a sense of meaning and peace within oneself may have substantial benefits for improving mental health at the end of life. More importantly, by being separate from religion and religious beliefs, these interventions can have a broader appeal for patients who do not hold strong traditional religious beliefs and can be delivered by a wide range of clinicians (McClain-Jacobson et al, 2004).
  • Another study discovered that patients with strong spiritual beliefs have higher overall health-related quality of life (HRQL) irrespective of their religious affiliation (Wan et al, 1999).
  • Prior studies have reported that health-related quality of life (HRQL) in cancer patients tends to be higher among: those with higher socio-economic status, those of male gender, older adults, those who live with others, and those with stronger spiritual beliefs. Individuals with normal functioning levels and favorable relationships with their physicians also report a better quality of life (Wan et al, 1999).
  • Overall, patients who have a more realistic estimate of cure have a better quality of life (Tchen et al, 2003). This speaks to the awareness of mortality.