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Subject/Keyword
oncology
evaluation
quality of life
symptoms
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Horsman, Susan
Supervisor and department
Olson, Karin (Faculty of Nursing)
Examining committee member and department
Au, Heather-jane (Department of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine)
Olson, Karin (Faculty of Nursing)
Ghosh, Sunita (Alberta Health Services)
Clark, Alex (Faculty of Nursing)
Department
Faculty of Nursing
Specialization

Date accepted
2009-08-28T21:29:38Z
Graduation date
2009-11
Degree
Master of Nursing
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This study addressed gaps in the literature regarding the lack of information about the degree and extent of the relationships among symptom burden, specific symptoms, and health-related quality of life (HRQL). The sample included 89 adults receiving care for colorectal cancer in an outpatient setting. Data for this cross-sectional study were collected over a four month period using the Modified Ambulatory Care Flow Sheet (MACFS), the Rotterdam Symptom Checklist- Modified, numerical rating scales for pain and coping, and the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire-Cancer 30. Results showed that the MACFS was reasonably valid and internally consistent and that symptom burden and number of symptoms were significantly abut weakly correlated with HRQL. Specific symptoms most significantly correlated with HRQL were insomnia, fatigue, pain, nausea and vomiting. Findings support the use of the MACFS to assess symptoms and HRQL in the study population.
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English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R32X5P
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