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Determinants of Quality of Life in Individuals With a Dual Diagnosis of Resectable Pancreatic Cancer and Diabetes Mellitus

Hsuan-Ju Kuo
Nien-Tzu Chang
Yu-Wen Tien
Yun-Jen Chou
Shiow-Ching Shun
ONF 2021, 48(4), 390-402 DOI: 10.1188/21.ONF.390-402

Objectives: To explore the associations among clinical characteristics, fatigue, diabetes mellitus (DM) self-care activities, and quality of life (QOL) in individuals with resectable pancreatic cancer and DM.

Sample & Setting: 57 individuals with resectable pancreatic cancer and DM from an outpatient pancreatic surgical department in Taiwan were included in the final analysis.

Methods & Variables: A cross-sectional, correlational design was used. QOL, fatigue, and DM self-care were measured by the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer QOL Questionnaire–Core 30, the Fatigue Symptom Inventory, and the Summary of Diabetes Self-Care Activities.

Results: Participants who had a shorter duration of DM and higher levels of fatigue (including intensity, duration, and interference) reported lower QOL scores. Participants who performed more DM self-care activities and physical activity per week had higher QOL scores. Fatigue, DM self-care activities, and DM duration were significant factors related to QOL.

Implications for Nursing: Shorter DM duration, increased fatigue, and fewer DM self-care activities were determinants of worse QOL in individuals with resectable pancreatic cancer and DM.

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