A New Take on a Resource-Based Model of Quality of Life in Hemato-Oncological Patients: Demographic, Personal, and Social Factors

  • Leehu ZysbergEmail author
  • Sharon Hai
  • Najib Dally


This study tests a new comprehensive model accounting for the role of demographic, personal, and social factors in quality of life (QOL) among a sample of hematological cancer patients. We hypothesized that positive and negative affect would mediate the associations between these factors and QOL. Seventy-two patients were recruited at an outpatient hematological clinic in a midsized medical center in northern Israel. They completed measures of QOL, social support, positive and negative affect, and emotional intelligence (EI). Diagnostic and demographic information was retrieved from their files. Path analysis supported a model in which positive and negative affect mediated the association between income level, social support, EI, and QOL. This study presents a model accounting for QOL among hematological patients that for the first time pertains to demographic, personal, and interpersonal factors. This model may guide future research as well as future interventions to empower and support this fragile target population.


Hematological cancer Oncology Quality of life Emotional intelligence Resource model 



This study was not supported by grant or funds and was conducted based on volunteer work of all involved researchers and assistants.

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Conflict of interest

Authors Leehu Zysberg, Sharon Hai, and Najib Dally declare that they have no conflicts of interest regarding this manuscript and its content.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. All data for this study were collected and processed in accordance with the IRB rules and instructions of the Ziv Medical Center Ethics Committee, which reviewed the study plan and materials and approved them (IRB approval # 0080-14-ZIV).

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Graduate SchoolGordon College of EducationHaifaIsrael
  2. 2.Department of EducationTel Hai CollegeUpper GalileeIsrael
  3. 3.Oncology InstituteZiv Medical CenterSafedIsrael
  4. 4.The School of MedicineBar Ilan UniversitySafedIsrael

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