Inequalities in long term health-related quality of life between partnered and not partnered breast cancer survivors through the mediation effect of social support

Leung, Janni, Smith, Michelle D. and Mclaughlin, Deirdre (2016) Inequalities in long term health-related quality of life between partnered and not partnered breast cancer survivors through the mediation effect of social support. Psycho-Oncology, 25 10: 1222-1228. doi:10.1002/pon.4131


Author Leung, Janni
Smith, Michelle D.
Mclaughlin, Deirdre
Title Inequalities in long term health-related quality of life between partnered and not partnered breast cancer survivors through the mediation effect of social support
Journal name Psycho-Oncology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1099-1611
1057-9249
Publication date 2016-04-06
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/pon.4131
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 25
Issue 10
Start page 1222
End page 1228
Total pages 7
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective
To compare long-term quality of life outcomes by marital status among women living with breast cancer, and to test the mediation effects of social support as an underlying factor.

Methods
Data are drawn from 1996 to 2010 of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health. The sample included 505 women with breast cancer with six years of follow-up data. Social support was measured by the Medical Outcomes Study Social Support Survey (MOS-SSS). Physical and mental health-related quality of life (HRQOL) was measured using the Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36).

Results
Breast cancer survivors who did not have a partner, compared to those who had a partner, had significantly lower levels of social support, which was associated with poorer HRQOL. Social support mediated the relationship between not having a partner and poorer HRQOL. Results were consistent after taken into consideration socio-demographic characteristics, which included age, highest level of education, country of birth, and area of residence.

Conclusions

Women recovering from breast cancer who do not have partners have poorer physical and mental HRQOL, than those with partners, with a lack of social support as an underlying inequality. Partners of breast cancer survivors are importance sources in the provision of social support to help them maintain well-being and quality of life.
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