Art at the Bedside with Family Caregivers of Cancer Patients: A Pilot Study

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/148098
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Presentation
Title:
Art at the Bedside with Family Caregivers of Cancer Patients: A Pilot Study
Abstract:
Art at the Bedside with Family Caregivers of Cancer Patients: A Pilot Study
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2003
Author:Walsh, Sandra M., RN, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:Barry University
Title:Professor, Barry University School of Nursing
Co-Authors:Susan Culpepper Martin, RN, BSN, CNM; Lee A. Schmidt, RN, PhD
Objectives: Family caregivers of cancer patients are a highly stressed, vulnerable population that are difficult to reach. This pilot study tested the outcomes of an Art Infusion (AI) intervention with family caregivers of cancer patients while patients were undergoing treatment. Design: A pre-posttest quasi-experimental design tested the hypothesis: Family caregivers will be less stressed, have lower anxiety, and have increased positive emotions following participation in the AI. Population, Sample, Setting: A convenient sample of 49 family caregivers participated in the study while their family member was undergoing treatment at a regional comprehensive cancer center. Variables: Before and following the AI, caregivers completed three self-report instruments: the mini-profile of Mental States (POMS) to measure stress, the Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) to measure anxiety, and the Affects Balance Scale (ABS) to measure emotions. Methods: A nurse/artist intervention team took an "ArtKart", a moveable cart with art activity supplies, to the bedside of cancer patients to deliver the AI. The AI consisted of a variety of user-friendly art activities that family caregivers and patients created. The family caregiver completed consent forms, self-report instruments, and participated in the AI for one hour or more. Post-testing followed the AI. Findings: Highly significant findings indicate that family caregivers achieved relief from stress (p=.000), had lower anxiety (p=.000), and increased positive emotions (p=.000) following participation in the AI. Conclusions: Over 250 family caregivers (including the research cohort) and patients have participated in the AI and have indicated delight and enthusiasm during creative-art activities. Research participants demonstrated significant changes in stress, anxiety, and emotions. Implications: Nurses are in leadership positions where they can institute, supervise, and support similar programs in a variety of health facilities. Future research is needed to determine longitudinal effects of such activities.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleArt at the Bedside with Family Caregivers of Cancer Patients: A Pilot Studyen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/148098-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Art at the Bedside with Family Caregivers of Cancer Patients: A Pilot Study</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2003</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Walsh, Sandra M., RN, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Barry University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Professor, Barry University School of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">swalsh@mail.barry.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Susan Culpepper Martin, RN, BSN, CNM; Lee A. Schmidt, RN, PhD</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Objectives: Family caregivers of cancer patients are a highly stressed, vulnerable population that are difficult to reach. This pilot study tested the outcomes of an Art Infusion (AI) intervention with family caregivers of cancer patients while patients were undergoing treatment. Design: A pre-posttest quasi-experimental design tested the hypothesis: Family caregivers will be less stressed, have lower anxiety, and have increased positive emotions following participation in the AI. Population, Sample, Setting: A convenient sample of 49 family caregivers participated in the study while their family member was undergoing treatment at a regional comprehensive cancer center. Variables: Before and following the AI, caregivers completed three self-report instruments: the mini-profile of Mental States (POMS) to measure stress, the Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) to measure anxiety, and the Affects Balance Scale (ABS) to measure emotions. Methods: A nurse/artist intervention team took an &quot;ArtKart&quot;, a moveable cart with art activity supplies, to the bedside of cancer patients to deliver the AI. The AI consisted of a variety of user-friendly art activities that family caregivers and patients created. The family caregiver completed consent forms, self-report instruments, and participated in the AI for one hour or more. Post-testing followed the AI. Findings: Highly significant findings indicate that family caregivers achieved relief from stress (p=.000), had lower anxiety (p=.000), and increased positive emotions (p=.000) following participation in the AI. Conclusions: Over 250 family caregivers (including the research cohort) and patients have participated in the AI and have indicated delight and enthusiasm during creative-art activities. Research participants demonstrated significant changes in stress, anxiety, and emotions. Implications: Nurses are in leadership positions where they can institute, supervise, and support similar programs in a variety of health facilities. Future research is needed to determine longitudinal effects of such activities.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T09:40:22Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T09:40:22Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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