Predictability of quality of life from unmet care needs during radiotherapy: A cross-sectional study

Salaşi H., Özkaraman A.

Mersin Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Lokman Hekim Tıp Tarihi ve Folklorik Tıp Dergisi, vol.14, no.1, pp.128-140, 2024 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the predictive effect of unmet care needs on the quality of life in the radiotherapy process, to determine the factors affecting unmet care needs. Methods: The study was carried out with patients who received outpatient radiotherapy. Individual Identification Form, Supportive Care Needs Scale Short Form and European Cancer Research and Treatment Organization Quality of Life Scale were used to collect research data. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, correlation, and regression analysis. Results: The unmet care needs of the patients are 66.48±14.76 out of a total of 145 points. As the total score patients receive from the scale increases, their unmet care needs also increase.. EORTC QLQ-C30 scale mean scores of the patients; functional dimension is 61.70±15.41, symptom dimension is 27.97±1421, general health dimension is 53.63±15.28. It was determined that the unmet health service and sexuality needs of the patients did not have a predictive effect on the quality of life, while female gender, the unmet daily life and psychological needs were effective in the estimation of the quality of life. Conclusion: Health professionals can obtain information about the quality of life of patients receiving radiotherapy based on the presence of unmet psychological and daily life needs.