Prechemotherapy Education: Reducing Patient Anxiety Through Nurse-Led Teaching Sessions

Emmanuel Apor

Nathan T. Connell

Katherine Faricy-Anderson

Peter Barth

Rouba Youssef

Mary Fenton

William M. Sikov

Anthony Thomas

Kayla Rosati

Andrew Schumacher

Alise Lombardo

Susan Korber

Humera Khurshid

Howard Safran

Anthony Mega

chemotherapy, patient/public education, nursing, cancer, anxiety
CJON 2018, 22(1), 76-82. DOI: 10.1188/18.CJON.76-82

Background: Patients with cancer experience stress surrounding diagnosis and treatment. Many cancer centers employ a nurse-led education session to alleviate patient anxiety and confusion.

Objectives: The goal was to evaluate the effect of a nurse-led chemotherapy teaching session on patients’ knowledge, anxiety, and preparedness for cancer-directed therapy.

Methods: After discussing treatment with their oncologist, participants completed a survey assessing their perceived understanding of various treatment topics. After, they underwent a teaching session with an oncology nurse. The survey was readministered when patients returned for their first and second treatment cycles.

Findings: Significant increases were observed in patients’ understanding of their treatment schedule, potential adverse effects, and antiemetic medication regimen by the first cycle of therapy and a reduction in treatment-related anxiety by the second cycle of therapy.

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