Effects of Counselling on Quality of Life among Cancer Patients in Malaysia: A Randomized Controlled Trial

  • Ummavathy PERIASAMY Hospital Tuanku Jaafar, Seremban, Negeri Symbian, Malaysia
  • Sherina MOHD-SIDIK Mail Cancer Resource & Education Center, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia AND Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Mehrnoosh AKHTARI- ZAVARE Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health, Tehran Medical Sciences, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran
  • Lekhraj RAMPAL Department of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Siti Irma Fadhilah ISMAIL Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Rozi MAHMUD Cancer Resource & Education Center, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
Keywords:
Quality of life, Cancer patients, Pharmacist, Counselling, Malaysia

Abstract

Background: We aimed to assess whether “Managing Patients on Chemotherapy” book is effective to improve quality of life (QOL) of cancer patient via counselling by pharmacist.

Methods: A randomized control trial study was run among 2120 cancer patients in public hospitals in Peninsular Malaysia, from Apr 2016-Jan 2018. The treatment group received counselling regarding chemotherapy by using developed module. The data were collected at three time-points: baseline, 1st, 2nd and 3rd follow-ups after counseling by Validated Malay version of the WHOQOL-BREF of questionnaire. Data analyses were done using χ2 and two-way repeated measure ANOVA.

Results: The treatment group improved significantly as compared to control group in physical health, psychological health, social relationship, environment and overall QOL (P<0.00).

Conclusion: The “Managing Patients on Chemotherapy” book along with repetitive counselling by pharmacists is a useful intervention for improving QOL of cancer patients undergoing treatment.

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2020-10-01
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PERIASAMY U, MOHD-SIDIK S, AKHTARI- ZAVARE M, RAMPAL L, ISMAIL SIF, MAHMUD R. Effects of Counselling on Quality of Life among Cancer Patients in Malaysia: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Iran J Public Health. 49(10):1902-1911.
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