CROSS-CULTURAL HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY RESEARCH: QUALITY OF LIFE IN PATIENTS WITH CANCER
 
Shigehisa, T., Takeda, Y., Kobayashi, K., Hayashi, F., Hayashi, C., Ogoshi, K., Tokyo Kasei Gakuin University, Yamaoka, K., Teikyo University, Japan, Kaptein, A. A., Kleijn, W. C. and Nortier, J. W. R., Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands
 
Quality of life has become a major outcome measure in health psychology and oncology research. Our study aims at addressing two research questions: (1)What is the quality of life in patients with cancer, in Japan and in The Netherlands?(2)Which aspects of quality of life are determined to what degree by cultural aspects? In our study, we examine the quality of life of 100 Japanese and 100 Dutch patients with cancer. Questionnaires used are: HRQoL-20, EPQ, EORTC QLQ-C30, IPQ-R, COPE. Results on these questionnaires will be presented, as data collection is currently taking place. We expect the study results to have important implications for future cross-cultural health psychology research. We will discuss these implications. Granted by a research grant from Pfizer Japan.