Social Support and Quality of Life in Turkish Patients with Gynecologic Cancer


The aim of this study was to determine the level of social support and quality of life in Turkish patients withgynecologic cancer using a cross-sectional survey design. A total of 108 patients admitted to the gynecologiconcology clinic at a university hospital from September 2011 to January 2012 were included. Data werecollected using patient information forms, the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS)and The Quality of Life-Cancer Survivors Instrument (QOL-CS). Average age was 54.5±10.8 years and it wasdetermined that 65.7% of patients had ovarian cancer and 19.4% had cervical cancer. The total QOL-CS meanscore was 5.59±1.10. Average score of total MSPSS was found to be 69.7±14.64. Comparing socio-demographicand clinical characteristics of patients and average scores of QOL-CS and MSPSS, it was found that there wasnot a statisticaly significant corelation (p>0.05). Statistically significant relation was found between the averagescores of QOL-CS and MSPSS. These results showed that quality of life was moderate and perceived socialsupport was high in Turkish patients with gynecologic cancer.