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Evaluation of the feasibility and acceptability of an oral care diary by patients during chemotherapy.
Int J Nurs Stud. 2007 Jul; 44(5):693-701.IJ

Abstract

BACKGROUND

A significant proportion of patients undergoing chemotherapy for many cancer types may experience oral problems, such as mucositis and any deterioration in the health of the oral cavity can have a significant effect on a person's well-being. Trends towards shorter hospital stays and the increase in out-patient chemotherapy mean that patients are required to adopt increasingly participatory roles in their self-care and are subsequently coping with mouth problems while they are at home without the direct support of oncology health professionals.

OBJECTIVES

This study aimed to evaluate the acceptability and feasibility of an oral care diary by patients receiving chemotherapy.

DESIGN

An oral care diary was developed to incorporate oral assessment using the Oral Assessment Guide (Eilier, J., Berger, A., Peterson, M., 1988. Development, testing and application of the oral assessment guide. Oncology Nurse Forum 15, 325-330) and guidance about oral self-care. This exploratory study utilised purpose designed pre- and post-study questionnaires and semi-structured interviews to evaluate patients' perceptions and experiences of the oral care diary.

SETTING

The study took place in 2-day chemotherapy units in Scotland: 1 in a cancer centre and 1 in a district general hospital.

PARTICIPANTS

A consecutive sample of patients (n=45) receiving out-patient chemotherapy for a range of cancer diagnoses participated in the study over 2 cycles of chemotherapy.

METHODS

Following recruitment, patients were instructed in the use of the oral care diary to assess their mouth daily while at home on a daily basis. Patients were asked to complete 2 structured purpose designed questionnaires-the first prior to starting diary completion and the second following their participation in the study. Nine patients participated in semi-structured interviews to explore their actual experiences of using the oral care diary in more depth.

RESULTS

The participants found the oral care diary acceptable and feasible. Awareness of oral symptoms and related mouth self-care post-chemotherapy improved.

CONCLUSIONS

The oral care diary is an acceptable and feasible method of enhancing oral self-care during a course of chemotherapy. Further study is required to evaluate its impact on clinical outcomes.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Cancer Care Research Centre, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA, UK. morven.miller@stir.ac.ukNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Evaluation Study
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16545385

Citation

Miller, Morven, et al. "Evaluation of the Feasibility and Acceptability of an Oral Care Diary By Patients During Chemotherapy." International Journal of Nursing Studies, vol. 44, no. 5, 2007, pp. 693-701.
Miller M, Taylor A, Kearney N, et al. Evaluation of the feasibility and acceptability of an oral care diary by patients during chemotherapy. Int J Nurs Stud. 2007;44(5):693-701.
Miller, M., Taylor, A., Kearney, N., Paterson, G., Wells, M., Roe, L., Hagen, S., & Maguire, R. (2007). Evaluation of the feasibility and acceptability of an oral care diary by patients during chemotherapy. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 44(5), 693-701.
Miller M, et al. Evaluation of the Feasibility and Acceptability of an Oral Care Diary By Patients During Chemotherapy. Int J Nurs Stud. 2007;44(5):693-701. PubMed PMID: 16545385.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Evaluation of the feasibility and acceptability of an oral care diary by patients during chemotherapy. AU - Miller,Morven, AU - Taylor,Anne, AU - Kearney,Nora, AU - Paterson,Gaye, AU - Wells,Mary, AU - Roe,Lorna, AU - Hagen,Suzanne, AU - Maguire,Roma, Y1 - 2006/03/20/ PY - 2005/06/14/received PY - 2005/12/14/revised PY - 2006/01/26/accepted PY - 2006/3/21/pubmed PY - 2007/8/31/medline PY - 2006/3/21/entrez SP - 693 EP - 701 JF - International journal of nursing studies JO - Int J Nurs Stud VL - 44 IS - 5 N2 - BACKGROUND: A significant proportion of patients undergoing chemotherapy for many cancer types may experience oral problems, such as mucositis and any deterioration in the health of the oral cavity can have a significant effect on a person's well-being. Trends towards shorter hospital stays and the increase in out-patient chemotherapy mean that patients are required to adopt increasingly participatory roles in their self-care and are subsequently coping with mouth problems while they are at home without the direct support of oncology health professionals. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to evaluate the acceptability and feasibility of an oral care diary by patients receiving chemotherapy. DESIGN: An oral care diary was developed to incorporate oral assessment using the Oral Assessment Guide (Eilier, J., Berger, A., Peterson, M., 1988. Development, testing and application of the oral assessment guide. Oncology Nurse Forum 15, 325-330) and guidance about oral self-care. This exploratory study utilised purpose designed pre- and post-study questionnaires and semi-structured interviews to evaluate patients' perceptions and experiences of the oral care diary. SETTING: The study took place in 2-day chemotherapy units in Scotland: 1 in a cancer centre and 1 in a district general hospital. PARTICIPANTS: A consecutive sample of patients (n=45) receiving out-patient chemotherapy for a range of cancer diagnoses participated in the study over 2 cycles of chemotherapy. METHODS: Following recruitment, patients were instructed in the use of the oral care diary to assess their mouth daily while at home on a daily basis. Patients were asked to complete 2 structured purpose designed questionnaires-the first prior to starting diary completion and the second following their participation in the study. Nine patients participated in semi-structured interviews to explore their actual experiences of using the oral care diary in more depth. RESULTS: The participants found the oral care diary acceptable and feasible. Awareness of oral symptoms and related mouth self-care post-chemotherapy improved. CONCLUSIONS: The oral care diary is an acceptable and feasible method of enhancing oral self-care during a course of chemotherapy. Further study is required to evaluate its impact on clinical outcomes. SN - 0020-7489 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16545385/Evaluation_of_the_feasibility_and_acceptability_of_an_oral_care_diary_by_patients_during_chemotherapy_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0020-7489(06)00056-3 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -