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PARRA GONZALEZ, Lina Marcela and CARRILLO GONZALEZ, Gloria Mabel. Quality of life of women in chronic disease situation of cervical cancer. av.enferm. [online]. 2011, vol.29, n.1, pp. 87-96. ISSN 0121-4500.
The purpose of the study is to describe the quality of life of women in chronic disease situation of cervical cancer in health service institutions in Cali. It is a quantitative, descriptive, cross-cutting study. The sample comprised 50 women diagnosed with cervical cancer of six months of evolution who were applied the patient characterization form of the chronic patient care group and the Quality of life scale/ Cancer Survivor, by Betty Ferrell, which measures the perception of quality of life from the physical, psychological, social and spiritual dimensions. Data were processed in spss, version 10.0 and they were analyzed by means of descriptive statistics. Results show that the age range of women is mostly between 45 and 54, they belong to urban areas, scholarship level is mostlymedium, mostofthem are in the mid-lowsocial-econo-mic strata, occupation household and civil status, married or free union. Participants receive combined treatments of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and brachytherapy in disease stage iia and iib. General quality of life has an alteration or negative perception in its four dimensions. The most affected dimensions are the physical and the psychological ones. The ones with the least affectation are the social and the spiritual ones. These results are similarly contrasted to what other studies have found, regarding cancer issues, which greatly affects quality of life of patients in all dimensions, most predominantly in the treatment and final stages oflife.
Keywords : quality of life; chronic disease; uterine cervical neoplasms.