Activities of daily living and quality of life in postoperative breast cancer patients : Possible benefits of occupational therapy Aya Osawa 1,2 , Naoto Chida 2,3 , Takeshi Tabata 2,4 , Saori Yamada 5 , Setsu Iijima 6 1School of Nursing and Rehabilitation Sciences, Showa University (Former affiliation; Tokyo Medical and Dental University Hospital) 2Master's Program in Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Tsukuba 3Ibaraki Prefectural University of Health Sciences 4Depertment of Domiciliary Rehabilitation, Nitobe Kinen Hospital 5Ofuna Chuo Hospital 6Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba Keyword: (乳がん) , ADL , QOL , (DASH) , 作業療法 , Breast cancer , ADL , QOL , DASH , Occupational therapy pp.170-182
Published Date 2010/4/15
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 The purpose of this study was to explore subjective difficulties in activities of daily living in postoperative breast cancer patients, and to examine benefits of occupational therapy. Participants were 544 postoperative outpatients with breast cancer. The patients themselves completed a questionnaire that included subjective difficulty in activities of daily living (ADL) and Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand JSSH-Version (DASH). Demographic and clinical information was obtained from medical records. As a result, more than 80% of the patients reported some difficulties in basic ADL: 41% in household chores, and 37% in leisure activities. These difficulties were not completely related to the operation or the tumor stage. Consequently, this study suggests that most postoperative breast cancer patients have some difficulties in ADL, and should be evaluated for occupational therapy.

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