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Effects of a nursing intervention on subjective distress, side effects and quality of life of breast cancer patients receiving curative radiation therapy: a randomized study
Div. Nursing Res. Karolinska Hosp., Department of Oncology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden; OCN, Div. Nursing Res. Karolinska Hosp., Borgmästarvillan 1 tr, S-171 76 Stockholm, Sweden .
Department of Oncology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden .
Department of Oncology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Div. Nursing Res. Karolinska Hosp., Karolinska Institutet, Red Cross Coll. of Nursing/Health, Stockholm, Sweden.
1999 (English)In: Acta Oncologica, Vol. 38, no 6, 763-770 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this randomized study was to investigate whether a nursing intervention using Orem's self-care theory as a framework would affect subjective distress, side effects and quality of life as perceived by breast cancer patients receiving curative radiation therapy. The intervention consisted of five 30-min sessions once a week during the treatment period and two follow-up sessions after completion of treatment. The experimental group consisted of 67 patients, as did the control group. Measurements were collected five times: at baseline before commencement of treatment, at weeks 3 and 5 (completion of treatment) and follow-up periods of 2 weeks and 3 months. No measurable effect of the nursing intervention was found for side effects or quality of life but nursing intervention proved to have a positive effect in minimizing stress reactions (p = < 0.05). It is suggested that a nursing intervention should be implemented for breast cancer patients receiving curative radiation therapy.

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1999. Vol. 38, no 6, 763-770 p.
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adult, aged, article, breast cancer, coping behavior, distress syndrome, human, major clinical study, nursing, patient counseling, patient education, priority journal, quality of life, stress, Adaptation, Psychological, Affective Symptoms, Aged, 80 and over, Breast Neoplasms, Counseling, Female, Humans, Intervention Studies, Middle Aged, Radiotherapy, Adjuvant
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Nursing Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-36612ISI: -PubMedID: 10522767Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-0032826977OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-36612DiVA: diva2:747251
Available from: 2014-09-16 Created: 2014-09-16 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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