Understanding on Chemotherapy and Self-Care in Cancer Patients after an Individual Education

항암화학요법 개별교육을 받는 암 환자의 교육이해도와 자가간호수행 정도

  • Kim, Eun-Mi (Department of Nursing, Seoul National University Hospital) ;
  • Kim, Hee-Jin (Department of Nursing, Seoul National University Hospital) ;
  • Kim, Soo-Jin (Department of Nursing, Seoul National University Hospital) ;
  • Kim, Bo-Kyung (Department of Nursing, Seoul National University Hospital)
  • Received : 2010.06.14
  • Accepted : 2010.08.02
  • Published : 2010.08.31

Abstract

Purpose: This study was conducted to examine understanding of chemotherapy of cancer patients after they received individual education on it and their execution of self-care for symptoms. Methods: Thirty-two participants who received individual education on chemotherapy from nurses specializing in education for cancer patients when they started to take chemotherapy were asked to complete the questionnaire on their understanding in education and execution of self-care. Results: Understanding on chemotherapy education of the participants recorded 4.30 on a scale of one to five with five the highest. Regarding self-care for symptoms, all participants carried out one or more methods of self-care except for one person each for vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation. Conclusion: This study showed that cancer patients who received individual education on chemotherapy performed self-care for their symptoms.

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