Health-related behavior patterns of cancer patients determined by socio-demographic variables

Original Article, Pol J Public Health 2017;127(4): 151-154

Ewa Humeniuk1, Olga Dąbska1,
Katarzyna Pawlikowska-Łagód2, Małgorzata Matuska1 

Department of Pathology and Rehabilitation of Speech, Medical University in Lublin, Poland
2 Department of Ethics and Human Philosophy, Medical University in Lublin, Poland

DOI_disc_logo 10.1515/pjph-2017-0032

© 2017 Medical University of Lublin. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonComercial-No Derivs licence (


Introduction. Health practices have been a subject of theoretical and empirical discussions among experts from various fields of knowledge. They are analyzed more and more closely, regarding their connection with specific diseases. Because cancer is one of the main causes of death in Poland, it is very important to learn more about pro-health behaviors undertaken by cancer patients.

Aim. An attempt was made to establish if pro-health activities and their separate categories regarding cancer patients are pre­conditioned by socio-demographic variables.

Material and methods. The research was conducted on the group of 100 cancer patients. Diagnostic poll method, survey technique was used when conducting this study. Health Behavior Inventory (HBI) by Zygfryd Juczyński was the research tool. STATISTICA 12 and Microsoft Office Excel were used to analyze the gathered data. Statistical significance of p<0.05 was assu­med which indicated statistically important differences or correlations.

Results. There was no association between sex, marital status, place of residence, education level, financial situation and pro-health activities undertaken by cancer patients. Average HBI score for the whole group amounted to 78.47±15.80 which is aver­age. The highest level of pro-health behavior was observed in Proper Eating Habits subscale and the lowest level of pro-health behavior was observed in Health Practices category.

Conclusions. The knowledge gained on the basis of the conducted research will constitute a valuable hint regarding deficits in the observance of the principles of health culture in patients with cancer.

Keywords: health behavior, life style, cancer, patients.


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