EFFECT OF LIFE REVIEW ON QOL FOR ADVANCED CANCER PATIENTS
Kitamura, M., Shujitsu Junior College and Kimura, H. and Ishiwara, T., Okayam saiseikai Hospital, Japan
The present study investigated the effect of life review on Quality of Life (QoL) for 12 patients with advanced cancers using the SELT-M scale. This consists of 6 factors: Physical well-being, Mood, Orientation (philosophy of life), Social Support, Spirituality, and Overall QoL. Patients completed the SELT-M with an interviewer before and after life review. Results showed that the mean SELT-M score was higher after life review than before, particularly with regard to Mood, Orientation, Spirituality, and Overall QoL. The mean score for Physical well-being was lower than those for Mood, Support, Orientation, and Overall QoL. With respect to limitations, life review can sometimes give rise to problems with regard to relationships, patients' wishes, recall of better memories, or personality, but results suggest that life review is a potentially useful tool for supporting patients life with advanced cancer. Key words: cancer patients, QOL, life review, limitation.