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The Longitudinal Effect of a Prechemotherapy Educational Video on the Treatment-Related Anxiety of Women With Breast Cancer

Sheri Spears
Susan Steele-Moses
CJON 2022, 26(2), 210-214 DOI: 10.1188/22.CJON.210-214

Background: Patients recently diagnosed with breast cancer have a multitude of emotions. Although each patient goes through emotional phases differently, these feelings often manifest as anxiety or fear.

Objectives: The objective is to decrease patient anxiety using a prechemotherapy educational video for newly diagnosed patients with breast cancer.

Methods: A quantitative comparative design, using repeated measures, was conducted with 27 patients with breast cancer who received chemotherapy treatment. An educational video was developed and provided as a part of the prechemotherapy education. Anxiety was measured using the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System instrument before and two weeks after initiation, at the end of treatment, and three months after chemotherapy administration.

Findings: Anxiety decreased over time, from before chemotherapy started to three months after the chemotherapy treatment was completed.

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