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Title: The psychological needs of patients receiving chemotherapy: an exploration of nurse perceptions
Author(s): Arantzamendi, Maria
Kearney, Nora
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Keywords: psychological support
psychological effects
Issue Date: Mar-2004
Citation: Arantzamendi M & Kearney N (2004) The psychological needs of patients receiving chemotherapy: an exploration of nurse perceptions, European Journal of Cancer Care, 13 (1), pp. 23-31.
Abstract: This study explored the perceptions of a group of registered oncology nurses about the psychological needs of patients with cancer receiving chemotherapy and how the nurses meet these. Eight nurses who provided chemotherapy and were working in a local oncology centre participated. A semi-structured interview was used to explore nurses’ perceptions, and how they meet these patients’ needs. The analysis of interview transcripts revealed that these nurses agreed that patients with cancer receiving chemotherapy had psychological needs. Moreover, they were conscious that some of the physical side-effects could have a psychological impact on the patients. Although nurses did not use any assessment tool for psychological assessment, they identified two main stages during the treatment when patients needed more psychological support: at the beginning and at the end of the chemotherapy. They explained how they tried to meet patients’ psychological needs but they also mentioned several factors that influenced the psychological support that patients received.
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