Emotions, Quality of Life and Games in Oncology Outpatient Clinic


  •   Raphaela Espanha Corrêa

  •   Paulo Eduardo Neves Ferreira Velho

  •   Maria Imaculada de Lima Montebello

  •   Rute Estanislava Tolocka


A cancer diagnoses and treatment can trigger unpleasant emotions, which may affect the Quality of Life (QoL). Games are known to promote wellness. The aim of this study was to evaluate emotions and QoL of adult cancer patients in medical care waiting rooms and to identify changes in patient emotions after playing board games. A total of 150 patients were included. Emotions were assessed using emojis and QoL with WHOOL-BREF. The mean age was 64.8 ± 9.6 years. QoL was measured as ‘good’ just in the social domain (score 72.38 ± 13.24). The most frequently reported emotion before playing was joy (58.0%), followed by neutral (21.3%), sadness (8.7%) and fear (6.7%); 34.0% of the patients accepted to play a board game. Emotions of neutrality and sadness in these patients significantly changed to joy after playing the game (p<0.05). We conclude that participation in games might positively change emotions in waiting rooms.

Keywords: Quality of Life, Cancer, Emotions, Emoji, Games


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Corrêa, R. E., Velho, P. E. N. F., Montebello, M. I. de L., & Tolocka, R. E. (2021). Emotions, Quality of Life and Games in Oncology Outpatient Clinic. European Journal of Medical and Health Sciences, 3(1), 73-78. https://doi.org/10.24018/ejmed.2021.3.1.611