Quality-of-Life Concerns of Chinese Patients With Advanced Cancer

Liam Ka Po Lau, Esther Mok, Theresa Lai, Pui Man Chung

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This study aimed to examine the quality of life (QOL) of patients with advanced cancer in Hong Kong. Ninety participants were recruited from the oncology ward of the study hospital. They responded to a 28-item, 8-subscale multidimensional questionnaire and a single-item scale that measured QOL in a face-to-face interview. Participation in health care decisions, food-related concerns, and existential distress were some QOL concerns that require health care professionals' attention. Walking ability predicted the level of QOL in certain QOL domains that surfaces patients' need for rehabilitation. That the QOL domain value of life was the most important domain that predicted overall QOL calls for meaning-of-life interventions for palliative care.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-77
Number of pages19
JournalSocial Work in Health Care
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013


  • advanced cancer
  • Chinese
  • meaning of life
  • palliative care
  • quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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