Factors Associated with Choosing the Kerala Model of Palliative Care versus Standard Care among Indian Cancer Patients

George, Prema N. and Ganesh, M.P. and Chawak, Shweta and Chittem, Mahati (2022) Factors Associated with Choosing the Kerala Model of Palliative Care versus Standard Care among Indian Cancer Patients. Indian Journal of Medical and Paediatric Oncology. pp. 1-6. ISSN 0971-5851

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Patients who opt for the Kerala Model of Palliative Care (KMPC) report favorable psychological outcomes. Still, not all patients in Kerala prefer this treatment's approach. Hence, this study is aimed to examine the demographical, medical, pain, and psychological factors associated with cancer patients who choose the KMPC versus standard care (SC). Using a cross-sectional design and purposive sampling, 87 patients (SC = 40; KMPC = 47) residing in Kerala, India, responded to questionnaires on pain, anxiety, and depression, and quality of life (QoL). Data analysis was conducted using chi-squared and independent sample t-tests. Findings revealed that KMPC (vs. SC) patients had lower levels of education, were self-employed or homemakers, belonged to a middle or low socioeconomic status, received government aid or were financially self-supported, and were diagnosed for less than 1 year or less than 5 years. KMPC patients reported higher levels of pain, lower levels of anxiety and depression, better overall total QoL, physical health, social health, functionality capacity, and emotional health. These findings suggest the need for community awareness programs regarding the benefits of opting for the KMPC. Patients who chose KMPC reported higher levels of pain than SC patients, highlighting the need for the KMPC to improve its approach to pain management. © 2022. Thieme. All rights reserved.

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Chittem, Mahatihttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8978-3544
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: India; Pain management; Palliative care; Quality of life
Subjects: Social sciences > Management
Social sciences > Entrepreneurship
Arts > Liberal arts
Divisions: Department of Liberal Arts
Entrepreneurship and Management
Depositing User: . LibTrainee 2021
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2022 09:54
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2022 09:54
URI: http://raiith.iith.ac.in/id/eprint/9845
Publisher URL: http://doi.org/10.1055/s-0042-1742613
OA policy: https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/4150
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