Vol 16, No 3 (2022)
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Coping mechanism and depression among Moslem patients treated with chemotherapy

Diyah Candra Anita1, Astriningrum Titipangesti1, Siti Fadhillah2, Wantonoro Wantonoro1
Palliat Med Pract 2022;16(3):142-149.


Background: Chemotherapy patients commonly experience depression due to various physical complaints
suffered and the length of treatment therapy. Depression is closely related to morbidity and mortality.
Therefore, a good coping mechanism is needed to overcome it. This research aims to determine the
relationship between coping mechanisms and depression in chemotherapy patients.
Patients and methods: The design used was a quantitative correlation with a cross-sectional approach.
The respondents recruited were 52 patients using an accidental sampling technique. The research instrument
used was a questionnaire. Data were analysed using the contingency coefficient test.
Results: The results showed that most respondents had maladaptive coping mechanisms (53.2%), experienced
depression (59.6%), and there was no relationship between coping mechanisms and depression
(p = 0.213).
Conclusions: many factors can influence the depression level of cancer patients. These factors contribute
together, but some of them do not directly contribute to depression. One of the factors that do not
directly contribute is the coping mechanism.

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