Evidence-Based Practice

Empowering Individuals to Self-Manage Chemotherapy Side Effects

Kelliann C. Fee-Schroeder

Lisa Howell

Janine Kokal

Susan Bjornsen

Sarah Christensen

Julie Hathaway

Debi Judy

Kristin S. Vickers

patient empowerment, self-management, self-care, chemotherapy
CJON 2013, 17(4), 369-371. DOI: 10.1188/13.CJON.369-371

Providing concise, consistent, and individually relevant patient education is critical. At one institution, patients and families attended a chemotherapy education class consisting of an 11-minute DVD and an oncology nurse-facilitated group discussion. Postclass and eight-week follow-up surveys assessing understanding of treatment side effects, self-care management, and confidence in managing side effects were administered. Quantitative and qualitative data suggested the DVD and oncology nurse-facilitated group discussion provided consistent information, flexibility, and expert knowledge in empowering patients and families to self-manage chemotherapy side effects.

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