ISSN 2321–3647
Sun, 19 Nov 2017

Impact of Counselling on Quality of Life In Cancer Patients: Clinical Pharmacist A Vital Addition In An Oncology Setting

Anisty Maria Joy1*; Juno J Joel1;  Jayarama Shetty K2

1.Department of pharmacy practice,NGSMIPS ,Derlakkatte.

2.Department of Radiotherapy and oncology, K S hedge hospital, Derlakkatte


ABSTRACT

The aim and Objectives of the study was to identify the impact of clinical pharmacists counselling on quality of life among cancer patients, To evaluate the life style of cancer patients before and after their cancer diagnosis and assess the relation of lifestyle with occurrence of cancer. Cancer patients were enrolled and categorized into intervention and control group by block randomization. Intervention group received information leaflets, face to face counselling during study period where as the control group received the conventional care only. The Quality of Life (QoL) of patients was assessed by European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) QLQ-C30 questionnaire at baseline and at the final follow up. life style pattern is assessed by closed ended questions. 130 subjects (65 patients in the intervention and 65 in the control) were enrolled their quality of life was assessed. In the intervention group, quality of life at baseline was 51.17+13.81. After counselling the intervention group QoL was 67.30+7.98. The paired‘t’ test report revealed that there was a difference in quality of life (p<.05) after counselling. Improvement was found in all the scales, especially in quality of life, emotional functioning and in symptom scale. The association between life style and type of cancer was found at 5% level of significance Conclusion: Pharmacist education and counselling has leaded clinically and statistically significant difference in the Quality of life of cancer patients as compared to that of control group.

Keywords: Quality of life, Clinical pharmacist, Cancer patients.

 


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