Evaluation of a Chemotherapy and Medication Education Process for Patients Starting Cancer Treatment

Caiti C. Kean

Lindsay Iverson

Amy Boylan

chemotherapy, Patient education, new medications
CJON 2016, 20(4), 364-366. DOI: 10.1188/16.CJON.364-366

A cancer diagnosis, along with accompanying chemotherapy treatments and new medication regimens, can significantly affect patients’ overall health, well-being, and quality of life. Chemotherapy and medication teaching that meets patients’ learning needs enhances knowledge and supports adherence to instructions. These interventions promote optimal patient outcomes, satisfaction, and overall safety.

At a Glance

  • To decrease anxiety, increase coping mechanisms, and promote safety, patients require adequate and appropriate education experiences.
  • To best meet patients’ needs, healthcare providers need to determine the efficacy and impact of an education process.
  • Interventions, such as individualized post-consultation phone calls and the use of an RN navigator can promote optimal patient outcomes, satisfaction, and safety.
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