The Analysis of the Korean Nursing Research Trends on Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Cancer Patients

암환자에게 적용한 보완.대체요법 관련 국내 간호연구 분석 - 간호학술지를 중심으로 -

  • 전명희 (대전대학교 간호학과) ;
  • 엄동춘 (대전대학교 응급구조학과) ;
  • 정성희 (남서울대학교 간호학과)
  • Received : 2009.01.27
  • Accepted : 2009.02.17
  • Published : 2009.02.28

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to analyze nursing research trends on the complementary and alternative therapies (CAT) for the cancer patients in Korea. Method: Thirty eight articles published in 17 nursing-related journal from 1987 to 2008 were analyzed. Results: Nursing Researches on CAT for the cancer patients have increased since 2000. Among the 38 studies, 34 studies used Quasi-experimental design and 13 studies (33%) were conducted for the breast cancer patients. Mind-body therapy (53%), manual healing therapy (42%), and pharmacologic and biological therapy (5%) were the often used CAT types. Nausea, vomiting, vital signs, immune cell, pain, and fatigue were measured as physiologic outcome variables; anxiety, depression, and hope as psychological outcome variables; and quality of life as social outcome variables. Conclusion: More CAM studies are needed targeting the patients with various cancer types and home-based cancer patients.

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