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1- Department of Emergency and Critical Care, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Zanjan University of Medical Sciences, Zanjan, Iran.
2- Department of Nursing, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Zanjan University of Medical Sciences, Zanjan, Iran.
3- Registered Nurse, Baharlo Hospital, Tehran, Iran.
4- Department of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, Maragheh Branch, Islamic Azad University, Maragheh, Iran.
5- Department of Nursing, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Zanjan University of Medical Sciences, Zanjan, Iran. , pirishahram67@yahoo.com
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Background: Leukemia is the most prevalent cancer in childhood. Mothers are closer to these children than anyone else and play a vital role in caring for them; therefore, studying their life quality is necessary. This study aimed to determine the life quality of mothers of children with leukemia and its related factors. 
Methods: This descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted in 2017. A total of 150 mothers of children with leukemia referring to the blood clinic and hematologic ward of Tabriz Children’s Hospital were recruited. The samples were selected by convenience sampling method. Data were collected by the World Health Organization Quality of Life (WHOQOL_BREF) and analyzed by t-test, Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and Pearson’s correlation coefficient in SPSS.
Results: The Mean±SD score of the mothers’ total quality of life was 68.28±19.77. The educational level and occupational status of the mothers and their age were significantly associated with their life quality (P<0.05). Additionally, there were significant relationships between the mothers’ quality of life and parents’ income, family collaboration, satisfaction with their social status, and satisfaction with marital life (P=0001).
Conclusion: Mothers of children with leukemia have a low quality of life, and some of their socio-demographic factors could have a significant effect on their life quality. Therefore, it is suggested that nurse managers introduce vulnerable families to support organizations through appropriate planning. It is also suggested that authorities, by adopting appropriate policies, increase the general knowledge on marital affairs.
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● Mothers of children with leukemia have a low quality of life.
● The life quality of mothers with leukemia is significantly related to their educational level and occupational status. 
● There is a significant relationship between the quality of life of mothers of children with leukemia and parents’ income, family collaboration, satisfaction with social status, and satisfaction with marital life.
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Leukemia is the most prevalent cancer in childhood. Mothers are closer to these children than anyone else and play a vital role in caring for them. The quality of life of mothers impacts the care and support for children with leukemia. The mothers of these children have a low quality of life. The age, educational level and occupational status of the mothers are associated with their life quality. There is a relationship between quality of life of mothers and parents’ income, family collaboration, satisfaction with social status and satisfaction with marital life. It is suggested that nurse managers introduce vulnerable families to support organizations through appropriate planning. Moreover, authorities, by adopting appropriate policies, could increase the general knowledge on marital affairs. 

Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2018/11/17 | Accepted: 2019/02/9 | Published: 2019/05/12

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