Satisfaction and quality of life: a survey-based assessment in patients with a totally implantable venous port system
The purpose was to assess the satisfaction and quality of life in patients with a totally implantable central venous port system using a questionnaire-based survey. A self-designed questionnaire to assess patient satisfaction and the impact of the port on daily life was dispatched 180 days after implantation. The questionnaire was combined with the commonly used short form (SF)-12 Health Survey quality of life questionnaire. Of the 98 patients who received a port system, 75 were contacted, and 42 (56%) returned the questionnaire. Most of the responding patients reported high overall satisfaction. The impact of the system on daily life was widely perceived not to be negative. The physical component summary (PCS) and the mental component summary (MCS) scores from the SF-12 were 35.5 and 45.23 respectively (general German population: PCS = 49.6, MCS = 52.3). The multiple stepwise regression showed that the cosmetic result was a predictor of overall satisfaction; the cosmetic result and a painful port together were predictors of the MCS. Overall, it was found that the cosmetic result of the implantation procedure was a predictor of satisfaction and quality of life and should thus not be underestimated.