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Relationship between nutritional status, physical activity and quality of life among gastrointestinal cancer survivors


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Abu Zaid, Zalina and Lee, V. C. and Kandiah, Mirnalini (2012) Relationship between nutritional status, physical activity and quality of life among gastrointestinal cancer survivors. Malaysian Journal of Nutrition, 18 (2). pp. 255-264. ISSN 1394-035X

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Introduction: The objective of this study was to determine the relationship between nutritional status, physical activity and quality of life among gastrointestinal cancer survivors. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among gastrointestinal cancer survivors attending the oncology outpatient clinic in Hospital Selayang, Malaysia. Results: A total of 70 gastrointestinal cancer survivors with a mean age of 52.54 ± 14.59 years (95% CI: 47.48 – 57.60) were included in this study. Results showed that 40% of the patients were classified as having low physical activity. The mean Patient Generated Subjective Global Assessment (PGSGA) score was 10.27 ± 7.36 (95% CI: 8.23 – 12.31) and nearly half the patients (48.6%) were identified as severely malnourished (Stage C). Mean Gastrointestinal Quality of Life Index (GQLFI) score was 103.57 ± 23.85 (95% CI: 92.94 -114.20), and about 24.3% of the patients were classified as having a low quality of life. Pearson’s correlation test showed a highly significant negative relationship between nutritional status and quality of life (r=-0.661, p<0.001) indicating the better the nutritional status (low total mean score of PGSGA), the better the quality of life of the survivors (high total mean score of GQLFI). There was a significant negative relationship between physical activity level and nutritional status score (r=-0.309, p<0.01), indicating the higher the physical activity level of the patients (high MET-min/week), the better their nutritional status (low total mean score of PGSGA). Conclusion: This study shows a significant relationship between nutritional status, physical activity and quality of life among gastrointestinal cancer survivors. Those low in nutritional status have a low quality of life while survivors with higher nutritional status have a better quality of life.


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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
Publisher: Nutrition Society of Malaysia
Keywords: Physical activity; Quality of life; Nutritional status; Gastrointestinal cancer survivors
Depositing User: Nurul Ainie Mokhtar
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2016 05:20
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2016 05:20
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/34768
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