ARTICLESSocial Support and Coping in Chinese Patients Undergoing Cancer SurgeryChan, Carmen WH MPhil, RN; Hon, Hei Chi MN, RN; Chien, Wai Tong MPhil, RMN; Lopez, Violeta PhD, RNAuthor Information From The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Mss Chan and Chien, and Dr Lopez), and the Princess Margaret Hospital (Ms Hon), Hong Kong. Corresponding author: Carmen WH Chan, MPhil, RN, The Nethersole School of Nursing, Chung Chi College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong (e-mail: email@example.com). Accepted for publication January 13, 2004. Cancer Nursing: May/June 2004 - Volume 27 - Issue 3 - p 230-236 Buy Abstract Patients undergoing cancer surgery experience the threats from both cancer and surgery. The unique sociocultural characteristics of Hong Kong Chinese may affect their perception of social support and how they face these threatening experiences. Sixty eligible patients were recruited from 2 regional hospitals in Hong Kong. They were asked to respond to a set of questionnaires, including Norbeck Social Support Questionnaire (NSSQ), Informational Support Questionnaire, and Jalowiec Coping Scale, following cancer surgery. The results showed that although family members and spouse/partner represented the largest source of social support network, the overall quantity of social support received by Chinese patients after cancer surgery was low. Positive correlations were found between coping effectiveness with tangible support (r = 0.31, P < .05) and coping effectiveness with informational support (r = 0.52, P < .01). The findings of this study support the link between social support and successful coping following cancer surgery. Tangible and informational supports appear more relevant to effective coping than emotional support during the postoperative period. Inclusion of family members in patient care during the postoperative period is crucial. Special attention should be paid to those patients who are older and poorly educated as they may be highly at risk for inadequate social support. Further studies with other cultural groups are suggested in order to better understand the sociocultural factors associated with cancer care. © 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.