HELPING CANCER PATIENTS AND THEIR CAREGIVERS PREPARE FOR RADIATION THERAPY: A MULTIDISCIPLINARY TEAM APPROACH TO PATIENT EDUCATION

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/165049
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
HELPING CANCER PATIENTS AND THEIR CAREGIVERS PREPARE FOR RADIATION THERAPY: A MULTIDISCIPLINARY TEAM APPROACH TO PATIENT EDUCATION
Author(s):
MacDonald, Kathleen; Briola, Cynthia; Sweeney, Carole; Weaver, Carolyn; Haney, Susan; Albanese, Anjali
Author Details:
Kathleen MacDonald, RN BSN OCN, Nurse clinical coordinator radiation oncology, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, email: kathy.macdonald@fccc.edu; Cynthia Briola, RN, BS, OCN; Carole Sweeney, RN, MSN, AOCN; Carolyn Weaver, RN, MSN, AOCN; Susan Haney, LCSW; Anjali Albanese, LSW
Abstract:
It is well documented that patients experience anxiety and fear related to radiation treatment and continually seek out information related to their treatment. The radiation oncology nurse plays an important role in preparing the patient and their caregivers for radiation therapy. At our institution, staff, as well as patients and caregivers, recognized the need to expand on the teaching provided during the initial clinic visit. Therefore, the multidisciplinary team developed a class to educate patients and caregivers about radiation therapy. The purposes of the ôPreparing for Radiation Therapyö class are to standardize the education provided and better prepare patients and their caregivers for radiation therapy. OremÆs Self Care Model provided the framework for the class, which focuses on promoting self care activities during treatment in order to achieve better outcomes. Initially a needs assessment was completed by patients undergoing radiation therapy. The results provided useful information related to essential content to include, as well as logistics such as when to offer the class. Content was ultimately reviewed and approved by radiation oncologists, radiation oncology nurses, social workers, and the patient education coordinator. Participants are taught about how radiation works, how to lessen and manage potential physical and emotional effects, and how to access available resources. The class is taught by a radiation oncology nurse and a social worker and is offered every 2 weeks at varying days and times. At the end of each class evaluation forms are distributed to each participant and caregiver. Thus far responses have been overwhelmingly positive as attendees have strongly agreed or agreed that the information was valuable to them and better prepared them for treatment. They all stated that they would recommend this class to others about to start treatment. Based on suggestions and frequently asked questions during the class, content will be added. Radiation oncology nurses can better prepare patients and their caregivers for radiation treatment through educational programs such as the ôPreparing for Radiation Therapyö class. Educating patients outside of the initial clinic visit and prior to treatment can improve patient outcomes by decreasing anxiety and hopefully improving management of side effects.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2007
Conference Name:
32nd Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Note:
This 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.

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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleHELPING CANCER PATIENTS AND THEIR CAREGIVERS PREPARE FOR RADIATION THERAPY: A MULTIDISCIPLINARY TEAM APPROACH TO PATIENT EDUCATIONen_GB
dc.contributor.authorMacDonald, Kathleenen_US
dc.contributor.authorBriola, Cynthiaen_US
dc.contributor.authorSweeney, Caroleen_US
dc.contributor.authorWeaver, Carolynen_US
dc.contributor.authorHaney, Susanen_US
dc.contributor.authorAlbanese, Anjalien_US
dc.author.detailsKathleen MacDonald, RN BSN OCN, Nurse clinical coordinator radiation oncology, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, email: kathy.macdonald@fccc.edu; Cynthia Briola, RN, BS, OCN; Carole Sweeney, RN, MSN, AOCN; Carolyn Weaver, RN, MSN, AOCN; Susan Haney, LCSW; Anjali Albanese, LSWen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/165049-
dc.description.abstractIt is well documented that patients experience anxiety and fear related to radiation treatment and continually seek out information related to their treatment. The radiation oncology nurse plays an important role in preparing the patient and their caregivers for radiation therapy. At our institution, staff, as well as patients and caregivers, recognized the need to expand on the teaching provided during the initial clinic visit. Therefore, the multidisciplinary team developed a class to educate patients and caregivers about radiation therapy. The purposes of the ôPreparing for Radiation Therapyö class are to standardize the education provided and better prepare patients and their caregivers for radiation therapy. OremÆs Self Care Model provided the framework for the class, which focuses on promoting self care activities during treatment in order to achieve better outcomes. Initially a needs assessment was completed by patients undergoing radiation therapy. The results provided useful information related to essential content to include, as well as logistics such as when to offer the class. Content was ultimately reviewed and approved by radiation oncologists, radiation oncology nurses, social workers, and the patient education coordinator. Participants are taught about how radiation works, how to lessen and manage potential physical and emotional effects, and how to access available resources. The class is taught by a radiation oncology nurse and a social worker and is offered every 2 weeks at varying days and times. At the end of each class evaluation forms are distributed to each participant and caregiver. Thus far responses have been overwhelmingly positive as attendees have strongly agreed or agreed that the information was valuable to them and better prepared them for treatment. They all stated that they would recommend this class to others about to start treatment. Based on suggestions and frequently asked questions during the class, content will be added. Radiation oncology nurses can better prepare patients and their caregivers for radiation treatment through educational programs such as the ôPreparing for Radiation Therapyö class. Educating patients outside of the initial clinic visit and prior to treatment can improve patient outcomes by decreasing anxiety and hopefully improving management of side effects.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:11:37Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:11:37Z-
dc.conference.date2007en_US
dc.conference.name32nd Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationLas Vegas, Nevada, 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.-
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