Impact of prechemotherapy preparation on knowledge, coping attitude and satisfaction among newly diagnosed patients with cancer

Samira E. Aboalizm, Hanaa E. El-Sayad


Objective: Cancer’s patients receiving chemotherapy need information about the treatments and self-care that must practice in order to prevent serious complications. Purpose of the study: To determine the impact of prechemotherapy preparation on knowledge, coping attitude and satisfaction among newly diagnosed patients with cancer.

Methods: Quasi experimental research design was used. The study was conducted at outpatient’s chemotherapy clinic and at word of the Oncology Menoufia University Hospital, Shebin El-Kom, Egypt. A convenience sample of 100 adult patients of both sexes who were diagnosed with cancer in the Oncology outpatient clinic and would receive first time chemotherapy treatment were enrolled in this study. Three tools were used. Tool I: Chemotherapy Patients needs assessment: structured interviewing scheduled questionnaire: The tool consisted of the following 2 parts. Part 1: Sociodemographic and clinical data, Part II: Pre Chemotherapy Knowledge Assessment Sheet. Tool II: 16 attributes of cancer therapy satisfaction questionnaire (CTSQ). Tool III: Cancer Coping Questionnaire (CCQ) 21 Items Versions.

Results: The study group had better knowledge, coping and satisfaction post intervention than control group. There was statistically considerable differences between study and control group concerning the mean total score of satisfaction and coping (p value < .001). There were significant positive correlation total score of cancer coping and mean score of cancer therapy satisfaction p value < .001.

Conclusions: Prechemotherapy preparation to cancer patients improved patient’s knowledge, satisfaction and coping. Recommendation: Prechemotherapy education should be considered a part of routine nursing care performed for all newly diagnosed patients with cancer who would receive chemotherapy for first time.

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