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Journal of the Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine 2010;34(6):691-700.
The Need of Cancer Patients for Rehabilitation Services.
Jo, Jung Mi , Hwang, Ji Hye , Lee, Chang Hyung , Kang, Hyo Jeong , Yu, Jin Na
1Department of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul 135-710, Korea. hwanglee@skku.edu
2Department of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Pusan National University Yangsan Hospital, Pusan National University School of Medicine, Yangsan 626-770, Korea.
3Center for Clinical Medicine, Samsung Medical Center, Seoul 135-710, Korea.
Objective To determine the type and prevalence of rehabilitation problems common among cancer patients and to survey the patients' recognition of and need for rehabilitation services.

Method The current study was conducted using a questionnaire developed by our rehabilitation team. Five hundred seven cancer patients participated in the survey.

The percentage of patients with more than one problem from each physical, psychological, and socioeconomic categories were 87.1%, 48.2%, and 50.9% respectively. Cancer patients with needs of rehabilitation services related to physical, psychological, and socioeconomic problems comprised 77.1%, 84.6%, and 84.8%. However patients who had information about rehabilitation services related to physical, psychological, and socioeconomic problems were 22.7%, 44.7%, and 24.5%. The percentage of patients with actual rehabilitation problems needing rehabilitation services related to physical, psychological, and socioeconomic problems were 65.1%, 52.1%, and 63.6%, but only 18.2% of patients with physical problems and 5.3% of patients with psychological and socioeconomic problems received such services. The prevalence of rehabilitation problems and rehabilitation needs was very high not only in the group still receiving cancer treatment but also in the group which had completed cancer treatment.

Conclusion The results of this study suggest that cancer patients have various kinds of physical, psychological, socioeconomic problems differing between cancer types and cancer treatment states with high levels of rehabilitation needs. We contend that the results of this study camay not only be able to aidin the development of appropriate cancer rehabilitation programs but also be used as a basis for policy studies.

Key Words: Cancer patients, Rehabilitation problems, Cancer rehabilitation, Need, Recognition


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