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Patients’ informational needs while undergoing brachytherapy for cervical cancer

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dc.contributor.author LONG, DEIRDRÉ
dc.contributor.author FRIEDRICH-NEL, HESTER SOPHIA
dc.contributor.author JOUBERT, GEORGINA
dc.date.accessioned 2018-08-28T10:42:44Z
dc.date.available 2018-08-28T10:42:44Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.issn 1353-4505
dc.identifier.issn 1464-3677
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11462/1583
dc.description Published Article en_US
dc.description.abstract To identify informational needs of South African women receiving intracavitary brachytherapy for locally advanced cervical cancer as part of a process to develop guidelines for quality patient-centred care. Design: A prospective, qualitative study with a phenomenological approach. Setting: Brachytherapy Unit, Department Oncology, Universitas Hospital, Bloemfontein, South Africa. Participants: Purposive sampling was utilized to recruit patients undergoing brachytherapy for cervical cancer from July to December 2012. Main Outcome Measures: Semi-structured, one-to-one interviews were conducted, guided by a theme list. Audio-recorded interviews were conducted in Sesotho, Afrikaans and English by an unaffiliated, multilingual interviewer. The interviews were transcribed, translated and thematic analysis performed. Results: Data saturation was achieved having interviewed 28 participants, aged 30–73 years. Four themes with sub-themes were identified: (i) informational needs, (ii) patient disposition towards treatment, (iii) psychological experience and (iv) physical experience. Findings on patients’ informational needs were the overarching theme and form the focus of this article. These informational needs included: providing patients with disease- and treatment-related information in their home language; adequate information concerning possible side-effects, sexual intercourse and pre-treatment preparation; and providing patients with informative material as standard procedure. Conclusion: The article has identified women’s informational needs providing a focus for patientcentred care. Providing patients with sufficient and understandable information could lessen feelings of fear and anxiety towards treatment delivery. Guidelines with a patient-centred approach could thus be developed to be used as a tool to assist members of multidisciplinary teams in providing quality care to this group of women. en_US
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dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher International Journal for Quality in Health Care en_US
dc.subject brachytherapy en_US
dc.subject cervical cancer en_US
dc.subject patient experience en_US
dc.subject informational needs en_US
dc.subject phenomenology en_US
dc.subject qualitative study en_US
dc.title Patients’ informational needs while undergoing brachytherapy for cervical cancer en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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