ORIGINAL RESEARCH ARTICLE
Sleep Quality of Cancer Patients Receiving Systemic Treatment: A Cross-Sectional Study
Received Date : 16 Oct 2019
Accepted Date : 14 Feb 2020
Available Online : 17 Apr 2020
Nazlı TUNCA ŞANLIERa, Mehmet Ali ŞAHİNa, Ahmet DEMİRKAZIKb, Asiye ÖZKANc,
Filiz ÇAY ŞENLERb
aAnkara University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, TURKEY
bAnkara University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Oncology, Ankara, TURKEY
cAnkara University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Ankara, TURKEY
Doi: 10.37047/jos.2019-71898 - Article's Language: EN
J Oncol Sci. 2020;6(1):15-22
Objective: The present research was designed with the aim to detect insomnia in cancer patients and to determine the factors
responsible for the development of insomnia through patient information and to provide suggestions for any contribution. Material and Methods:
The cross-sectional study was conducted on 264 patients including 132 females and 132 males who attended the Outpatient Therapy Unit
of Medical Oncology Department of Medical Faculty Hospital within Ankara University and accepted to take part in the research. The questionnaire
prepared by the researchers was implemented through personal interview technique and information was collected from the patient
files. The questionnaire form includes demographic information, Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI), and Beck's Depression Inventory. Results:
Higher prevalence of insomnia was detected in cancer patients (54.4%). Depression negatively affects the sleep quality and the problem
of insomnia in the patients, who were diagnosed with depression before, was remarkable. Furthermore, the female participants were more
prone to develop insomnia and depression (61.36%, 25.76%, respectively). The sleep duration was found to be affected positively in patients
receiving cisplatin containing regimens (p=0.029) whereas those receiving other platin group drugs were affected negatively (p=0.017). The
use of pyrimidine and folic acid group drugs positively affected sleep quality (p=0.031). Conclusion: It can be said that sleeping and mental
problems of the patients visiting the oncology clinics should be monitored and cared closely.
Keywords: Cancer; insomnia; sleep disorders; depression; psycho-oncology
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