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Spiritual Well-being and Quality of Life for Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy
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A study at the Second Affiliated Hospital of the Army Medical University in Chongqing, China, between November 2020 and April 2022, investigated the spiritual well-being and quality of life of patients receiving chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer (PC). The researchers aimed to identify factors influencing emotional and spiritual health and develop strategies to improve patients’ overall life satisfaction.
The study included 120 PC patients undergoing chemotherapy at a hospital in China. Participants completed a questionnaire and the Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy – Spiritual Well-being Scales to assess their general contentment in life and inner peace. Findings revealed that patients reported a moderate enjoyment of life and a low-to-medium level of spiritual fulfillment. A feeling of inner balance and harmony was positively correlated with general satisfaction with life, indicating that higher spiritual health was associated with better quality of living. Patients who were middle-aged, had a low education level, low family income, disease recurrence, and moderate-to-severe pain had less peace of mind and less contentment in life.
The study suggests that healthcare providers should provide additional care and support to protect the sense of serenity of these patients, ultimately improving their satisfaction with life. By addressing these factors and implementing spiritual-care plans, clinicians can potentially enhance the general well-being and happiness of PC patients undergoing chemotherapy.
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