The Role of the CNS in Devising a Performance Improvement Study to Improve Care of Patients using Complementary Therapy (CT) while Undergoing Treatment for Cancer

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/164050
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
The Role of the CNS in Devising a Performance Improvement Study to Improve Care of Patients using Complementary Therapy (CT) while Undergoing Treatment for Cancer
Author(s):
Sheridan-Leos, Norma
Author Details:
Norma Sheridan-Leos, RN, MSN, AOCN, CPHQ, Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute, Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah, Georgia, USA, email: nacnsorg@nacns.org
Abstract:
Problem: Oncology patients use complementary therapy. Current processes may not be effective in documenting the use of these modalities. Purpose: Determine; 1) the degree to which patients are using Complementary Therapy (CT) while undergoing treatment for cancer, and 2) what type CTs are being used by patients. Significance: Studies indicate that up to 83% of oncology patients use CT sometime during the course of their disease. With increasing attention by the media, the use of CT will more than likely increase. Use of CTs while undergoing treatment for cancer can influence the course of treatment. Methods: This PI project utilized a convenience sample of adult oncology patients undergoing outpatient chemotherapy or radiation therapy at a Southeast cancer facility. Utilizing a "Complementary Therapy Survey" developed by the CNS, the frequency of CT use was reported by the patient. The survey looked at 14 different modalities (i.e. diet, nutritional supplements, stress-reducing techniques, prayer). 56% of the study population reported the use of CT, of this group 46% used vitamin therapy, 15% used herbs 10% used a special diet. 29% reported the use of other therapies such as prayer, massage, and relaxation. Evaluation: Processes needed to be enhanced, such as; Documentation, educational programs for staff and patients, and references were purchased. A second survey was undertaken from 12/03-1/04 to measure the success of the new processes. Implications for Practice: When adequate documentation and support processes are in place, nurses can recommend or discourage the use of CT based on the growing body of evidence.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2004
Conference Name:
2004 NACNS Conference, Renaissance in CNS Practice: Transforming Nursing in the 21st Century
Conference Host:
NACNS - National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
Conference Location:
San Antonio, Texas, USA
Description:
Conference theme: Renaissance in CNS Practice: Transforming Nursing in the 21st Century, held on March 11 to 13, 2004 in San Antonio, Texas, USA
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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Role of the CNS in Devising a Performance Improvement Study to Improve Care of Patients using Complementary Therapy (CT) while Undergoing Treatment for Canceren_GB
dc.contributor.authorSheridan-Leos, Normaen_US
dc.author.detailsNorma Sheridan-Leos, RN, MSN, AOCN, CPHQ, Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute, Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah, Georgia, USA, email: nacnsorg@nacns.orgen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/164050-
dc.description.abstractProblem: Oncology patients use complementary therapy. Current processes may not be effective in documenting the use of these modalities. Purpose: Determine; 1) the degree to which patients are using Complementary Therapy (CT) while undergoing treatment for cancer, and 2) what type CTs are being used by patients. Significance: Studies indicate that up to 83% of oncology patients use CT sometime during the course of their disease. With increasing attention by the media, the use of CT will more than likely increase. Use of CTs while undergoing treatment for cancer can influence the course of treatment. Methods: This PI project utilized a convenience sample of adult oncology patients undergoing outpatient chemotherapy or radiation therapy at a Southeast cancer facility. Utilizing a "Complementary Therapy Survey" developed by the CNS, the frequency of CT use was reported by the patient. The survey looked at 14 different modalities (i.e. diet, nutritional supplements, stress-reducing techniques, prayer). 56% of the study population reported the use of CT, of this group 46% used vitamin therapy, 15% used herbs 10% used a special diet. 29% reported the use of other therapies such as prayer, massage, and relaxation. Evaluation: Processes needed to be enhanced, such as; Documentation, educational programs for staff and patients, and references were purchased. A second survey was undertaken from 12/03-1/04 to measure the success of the new processes. Implications for Practice: When adequate documentation and support processes are in place, nurses can recommend or discourage the use of CT based on the growing body of evidence.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:41:04Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:41:04Z-
dc.conference.date2004en_US
dc.conference.name2004 NACNS Conference, Renaissance in CNS Practice: Transforming Nursing in the 21st Centuryen_US
dc.conference.hostNACNS - National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialistsen_US
dc.conference.locationSan Antonio, Texas, USAen_US
dc.descriptionConference theme: Renaissance in CNS Practice: Transforming Nursing in the 21st Century, held on March 11 to 13, 2004 in San Antonio, Texas, USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.en_US
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