Quality of Life of Filipino Cancer Patients
Traditionally, end-points in healthcare are assessed through treatment effectiveness outcomes using indicators such as mortality rates and survival indices. However, with the modernisation of health technologies such health outcomes no longer suffice. In many countries, the number of expected lifeyears is increasing. In addition, many treatment programmes have little or no impact on mortality rates. With the World Health Organization (WHO) redefinition of health, which includes social and psychological wellbeing, alternative approaches to measuring health outcomes now include an analysis of the patient’s quality of life (QoL), which is an all-encompassing term connoting the overall wellbeing of a person at a given period of time. Of particular interest is the attainment or maintenance of QoL of an individual who is diagnosed with cancer. What is the overall QoL of Filipino cancer patients? What are the best indicators of QoL among this population? Are there significant differences in terms of age, gender, level of education, civil status, stage of cancer and type of treatment?