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Vol 10, No 2 (2011)
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Quality of nursing care of colorectal cancer patients undergoing first line palliative chemotherapy — a questionnaire study in a single institution in Poland

Ewa Sierko, Maria Teresa Werpachowska, Monika Sokół, Marek Z. Wojtukiewicz
Advances in Palliative Medicine 2011;10(2):65-72.

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Vol 10, No 2 (2011)
Original articles
Published online: 2011-07-01

Abstract

Background. The diagnosis of colorectal cancer initiates a process of dealing with the disease and various treatments. An effective psycho-social help from a specialized nurse can alleviate suffering and improve the quality of a patient’s life. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the quality of nursing care provided to patients undergoing first line cytotoxic treatment for metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC).
Material and methods. The study group consisted of 50 mCRC patients diagnosed at an advanced stage of the disease, who underwent first line palliative chemotherapy at the Department of Clinical Oncology in Comprehensive Cancer Centre in Bialystok, Poland. The method of survey was a diagnostic poll with a questionnaire prepared especially for the study.
Results. The nursing care was assessed as efficient. Metastatic CRC patients consider nurses as trustworthy, highly qualified, supportive, informative and communicative. The patients experienced psychological comfort and emotional support during the treatment.
Conclusions. The study exhibited that changes in medical care model are crucial to further improve the quality of nursing care at the Department of Clinical Oncology. One of the concepts is to increase the number of nurses working (employed) int the ward which would give them opportunities and time to pay more attention to particular mCRC patients and, a possibility to create good, positive atmosphere in the ward to make the patients more willing to ask for help.
Adv. Pall. Med. 2011; 10, 2: 65–72

Abstract

Background. The diagnosis of colorectal cancer initiates a process of dealing with the disease and various treatments. An effective psycho-social help from a specialized nurse can alleviate suffering and improve the quality of a patient’s life. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the quality of nursing care provided to patients undergoing first line cytotoxic treatment for metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC).
Material and methods. The study group consisted of 50 mCRC patients diagnosed at an advanced stage of the disease, who underwent first line palliative chemotherapy at the Department of Clinical Oncology in Comprehensive Cancer Centre in Bialystok, Poland. The method of survey was a diagnostic poll with a questionnaire prepared especially for the study.
Results. The nursing care was assessed as efficient. Metastatic CRC patients consider nurses as trustworthy, highly qualified, supportive, informative and communicative. The patients experienced psychological comfort and emotional support during the treatment.
Conclusions. The study exhibited that changes in medical care model are crucial to further improve the quality of nursing care at the Department of Clinical Oncology. One of the concepts is to increase the number of nurses working (employed) int the ward which would give them opportunities and time to pay more attention to particular mCRC patients and, a possibility to create good, positive atmosphere in the ward to make the patients more willing to ask for help.
Adv. Pall. Med. 2011; 10, 2: 65–72
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Keywords

colorectal cancer; metastatic disease; nursing care; quality of nursing care; palliative chemotherapy

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Title

Quality of nursing care of colorectal cancer patients undergoing first line palliative chemotherapy — a questionnaire study in a single institution in Poland

Journal

Advances in Palliative Medicine

Issue

Vol 10, No 2 (2011)

Pages

65-72

Published online

2011-07-01

Bibliographic record

Advances in Palliative Medicine 2011;10(2):65-72.

Keywords

colorectal cancer
metastatic disease
nursing care
quality of nursing care
palliative chemotherapy

Authors

Ewa Sierko
Maria Teresa Werpachowska
Monika Sokół
Marek Z. Wojtukiewicz

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