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Fatigue, Anxiety and Depression of a Spouse with Terminal Cancer Patient Visited for Hospice Consultation
Korean J Clin Geri 2017 Dec;18(2):87-94
Published online December 29, 2017;  https://doi.org/10.15656/kjcg.2017.18.2.87
Copyright © 2017 The Korean Academy of Clinical Geriatrics.

Man Kim1, Sung Jung Cho2, So Jung Yun1, Jung Hwan Yoon1, Hye Ran Jeon1, Ji Young Lee1, Youn Seon Choi1, Seon Mee Kim1

1Department of Family Medicine, Korea University Guro Hospital, 2Department of Family Medicine, Sahmyook Medical Center, Seoul, Korea
Received June 9, 2017; Revised August 23, 2017; Accepted August 25, 2017.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
 Abstract
Background: There are still few studies comparing the fatigue, anxiety and depression of the terminal cancer patients. Therefore, this study evaluates spouses according to age, sex, and type of primary cancer of a patient and confirms its meaning.
Methods: We analyzed the effects of gender, type of primary cancer, and age on spouse's fatigue, anxiety and depression. From May 2014 to June 2016, 61 spouses who visited the hospice palliative care center of Korea University Guro Hospital for hospice consultation were enrolled.
Results: The gender of the spouse was not correlated with fatigue, anxiety, and depression. In the analysis of age, as the age of the patient increased, the effect on work and life enjoyment due to spouse fatigue was small. Finally, the spousal anxiety level was significantly higher in patients with lung cancer.
Conclusion: This study confirms that fatigue, anxiety, and depression degree of the spouse of terminal cancer patients are significantly correlated with the age of the patient and the type of primary cancer. We hope that the results of this study have been helpful in identifying the status of the spouse and further studies on other factors not covered in this study should be conducted.
Keywords : Spouse, Fatigue, Anxiety, Depression
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