Relationships between health literacy and quality of life among survivors with breast cancer

Ching Wen Wei, Mei Lan Wu, Heng Hsin Tung*

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Abstract

Purpose: During the survival period of breast cancer patients, an understanding of and ability to implement health knowledge may be important for survivors' physical and mental quality of life (QOL). This study aims to investigate the health literacy and predictors of QOL for survivors of breast cancer. Method: A cross-sectional design was used, and convenience sampling was performed. Eighty-six survivors with breast cancer were recruited from a general hospital in northern Taiwan from February to August 2017. Taiwan's health literacy scale and SF-12 questionnaire were used for data collection. Results: The average health literacy score was 3.28. Education level and breast cancer stage were significant factors for the health literacy of survivors with breast cancer. Age, body mass index and health literacy were predictors of physical health-related QOL. Health literacy also was a predictor of mental health-related QOL. Conclusion: The results provide the factors associated health literacy as well as health-related QOL. Nurses should understand the health literacy among survivors with breast cancer and improve health literacy to optimize their quality of life.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12922
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Practice
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2021

Keywords

  • breast cancer
  • health literacy
  • nursing
  • quality of life
  • survivors

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