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Authors: Mulugeta, Bela
Advisors: Mrs. Rajalakshmi Murugan (Assistant Professor
Keywords: Cancer patients
Information needs
Copyright: Jun-2011
Date Added: 10-May-2012
Publisher: AAU
Abstract: Background: Many people have some type of altered cell growth such as moles and skin tag. Most of altered cell growth are harmless (benign) and do not require intervention. Malignant cell growth or cancer, however, is serious and, without intervention, leads to death. Even though, providing care to clients and families experiencing cancer is complex and challenging, giving patients with adequate information, advice and support around treatment is an important component of care in which nurses play an important role. Patients desire different types and amounts of information depending on their type of cancer, the extent of disease progression, and their unique personal life circumstances. Method: Institution based cross-sectional qualitative and quantitative descriptive study designs were employed on 395 patients in Tikur Anbessa Specialized Referral Hospital from February 2011 to March 2011 with convenience sampling technique to explore cancer patients’ opinion towards cancer chemotherapy related information needs. Data was collected by face-to-face and through an in-depth interviews using structured and semi structured questionnaires. Cleaned and coded data were entered to epi-info software and then exported into a Statistical Package for Social Science Version 16 software for analysis purpose. Calculations of proportions were recorded on frequency tables and cross tabulation were done for selected variables. Also Pearson’s chi square test was calculated in order to show association between selected variables. Qualitative data obtained through an in-depth interview was transcribed by arranging the record according to forwarded questions and analyzed manually by identifying common themes. Result: In this study, 395 study participants were involved; 385 for quantitative and 10 for qualitative. Out of which 290 (73.42%) were females and 107(27.08%) were males. As a qualitative result the majority of the participants had negative opinions towards cancer ix chemotherapy related information and quantitatively 144 (37.4%) study participants had neutral opinions and 135 (35.1%) had negative opinions. Whereas, Only 106 (27.5%) of them had reported positive opinions towards cancer chemotherapy related information. Majority of the participants were believed that “unless age difference should be considered health education should not be successful. Participants were also got insufficient information while they had favorable attitude towards cancer chemotherapy related detailed information in the form of booklets. Patients’ economic status and their specific diagnosis were found to have statistically significant association with their level of opinion at p-value of .014 and .000 respectively. Conclusion and Recommendation: The study showed that majority of the study participants got less information related to cancer chemotherapy. To this reason, most of them did not know what chemotherapy they have taken or currently taking. Regarding to this, nurses should get communication training and trainings which helps them to show empathetic behavior to patients.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/2891
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