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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
Karolinska Institutet.
Karolinska Institutet.
Karolinska Institutet.
Red Cross University College of Nursing. Karolinska Institutet.
1999 (English)In: Acta Oncologica, ISSN 0284-186X, E-ISSN 1651-226X, Vol. 38, no 6, 763-770 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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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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URN: urn:nbn:se:rkh:diva-1211DOI: 10.1080/028418699432923PubMedID: 10522767OAI: oai:DiVA.org:rkh-1211DiVA: diva2:759298
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