Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to understand Stress, Uncertainty and Quality of Life of Spouses with the breast cancer patients in Republic of Korea
Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to know relationship among the QOL, stress, uncertainty
Methods: Descriptive study design was used. Data were collected at a university hospital in Seoul Korea from February, 28th to April, 30th in 2008 using self-report questionnaires. The convenient sample was comprised of 246 spouses, and the participants were recruited at the outpatient breast cancer clinic, the chemotherapy room, and the surgical ward for breast cancer. The data from 201 participants were used for the final analyses and analyzed by SPSS 12.0 Win program for descriptive and correlational analyses.
Results: Stress and Uncertainty score of breast cancer patients’ husbands were no significant differences across the treatment phases. However, Stress and Quality of Life were significant differences between breast conservational surgery and total mastectomy. Quality of Life were significant differences across the treatment phases in husbands. Also, there was a significant relationship among the QOL, Stress, and Uncertainty. In conclusion, stress, uncertainty, type of breast cancer treatment and disease affected the spouses' quality of life. Conclusion: Health care professionals need to understand breast cancer patients’ husbands across the treatment phases. Future studies need to develop and evaluate the nursing interventions for the spouses with breast cancer patients.