Analysis of Awareness and Requirement of Home Care Nursing in Cancer Patients by Experienced Symptoms and Nursing Items

암 환자의 증상경험과 가정간호항목별 가정간호 인식도 및 가정간호 요구도

  • Sung, Young-Hee (Department of Clinical Nursing Science, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine) ;
  • Hwang, Moon-Sook (Department of Clinical Nursing Science, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine) ;
  • Lim, Su-Jin (Department of Nursing, Gangneung Yeongdong College)
  • 성영희 (성균관대학교 임상간호대학원) ;
  • 황문숙 (성균관대학교 임상간호대학원) ;
  • 임수진 (강릉영동대학 간호과)
  • Received : 2010.05.13
  • Accepted : 2010.06.21
  • Published : 2010.06.30


Purpose: This study sought to provide basic information for the establishment of home care nursing system in cancer patients. Methods: Data were collected by the descriptive questionnaires consisting of 42 articles from five fields of nursing services. Patient's symptoms were investigated by the Korean version of EORTC QLQ-C30. Data were analysed using SPSS-PC 12.0. Results: Among the cancer patients (n=182), 40.1% had serious limitations on their usual lives. 74.7% had serious economic burdens. 79.7% agreed strongly with the necessity of home care nursing system, 74.2% were willing to use home care nursing, and 91.2% felt that home care nursing should be mandatory in cancer centers. There was no correlation between the frequency of symptoms or nursing items and the degree of home care nursing requirements. Digestive symptoms, symptoms requiring procedures, and symptoms to meet educational help displayed a high degree of requirement. Conclusion: Home care nursing should be activated for cancer patients as a bridge between hospital-based acute care and community-based chronic care which could increase the quality of care and reduce insurance related payments.