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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/149467
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Can We Decrease the Patients' Distress During Hospitalization?
Abstract:
Can We Decrease the Patients' Distress During Hospitalization?
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2009
Author:Mendes, Aida Cruz, PhD, RN
P.I. Institution Name:Coimbra Nursing School
Title:Coordinator Professor
[Evidence-based Practice Session Presentation] Studies show that one third of cancer patients suffer from high levels of distress, but that less than 5% of them report their feelings to health care givers (Zabora et al, 2001; NCCN, 2006). In addition, the symptoms related with these patients? emotional suffering are often under assessed (Mendes et al, 2003; Madden, 2006), since monitoring distress could be left for a second plan, given that health professionals are more focus on the physical symptoms (Clark, 2001). The aim of this study was to monitoring the distress felt by head and neck surgery patients during the post-surgery.Method: Descriptive study. An accidental, convenience sample was selected, constituted by 32 patients in post-surgery. Distress was assessed by the distress thermometer (NCCN, 2008), in three different moments of hospitalization, and the associated problems were identified by the questionnaire proposed by the NCCN, 2008.Results: Mean age was 62.44 years, 59.4% were male and 40.6% female. The mean level of distress decreased significantly throughout the hospitalization (4.53 at the 1st assessment and 2.78 at the moment of discharge, p=0.00). The evaluation of the related problems shows that the less compromised areas are family and spiritual concerns.Conclusions: At admission a significant number of patients (62.5%) presented moderated and severe levels of distress, what demonstrates the importance of its assessment to all patients. Though hospitalization is associated to negative experiences, we noted that the distress level have decreased throughout the hospitalization, suggesting the need to adopt guidelines for patients? wellbeing.
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.titleCan We Decrease the Patients' Distress During Hospitalization?en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/149467-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Can We Decrease the Patients' Distress During Hospitalization?</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">2009</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Mendes, Aida Cruz, PhD, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Coimbra Nursing School</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Coordinator Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">amendes@esenfc.pt</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Evidence-based Practice Session Presentation] Studies show that one third of cancer patients suffer from high levels of distress, but that less than 5% of them report their feelings to health care givers (Zabora et al, 2001; NCCN, 2006). In addition, the symptoms related with these patients? emotional suffering are often under assessed (Mendes et al, 2003; Madden, 2006), since monitoring distress could be left for a second plan, given that health professionals are more focus on the physical symptoms (Clark, 2001). The aim of this study was to monitoring the distress felt by head and neck surgery patients during the post-surgery.Method: Descriptive study. An accidental, convenience sample was selected, constituted by 32 patients in post-surgery. Distress was assessed by the distress thermometer (NCCN, 2008), in three different moments of hospitalization, and the associated problems were identified by the questionnaire proposed by the NCCN, 2008.Results: Mean age was 62.44 years, 59.4% were male and 40.6% female. The mean level of distress decreased significantly throughout the hospitalization (4.53 at the 1st assessment and 2.78 at the moment of discharge, p=0.00). The evaluation of the related problems shows that the less compromised areas are family and spiritual concerns.Conclusions: At admission a significant number of patients (62.5%) presented moderated and severe levels of distress, what demonstrates the importance of its assessment to all patients. Though hospitalization is associated to negative experiences, we noted that the distress level have decreased throughout the hospitalization, suggesting the need to adopt guidelines for patients? wellbeing.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T10:03:00Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T10:03:00Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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