European Journal of Oncology Nursing: The Official Journal of European Oncology Nursing Society
PURPOSE: Chemotherapy can result in many unpredictable and often debilitating side-effects hence patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment may have to rely on their loved ones to support them through this most challenging period. In view of this possibility then good communication skills between patients, healthcare providers and family members is of paramount importance for effective patient outcomes.
In this study, it is first of all investigated whether elderly and younger hospital patients differ with respect to satisfaction with several aspects of their stay in the hospital, medical and hospital knowledge, emotional state, seeking information, discussing problems and engaging in self-care. Second, it is investigated whether age differences on these variables can be explained by demographic variables, previous hospitalization experience, information received and personality characteristics on which elderly and younger patients differ.
Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
DATA SOURCES: Seventy-nine patients assigned to the care of a nurse practitioner (NP) were interviewed to explore reactions to ending a yearlong therapeutic relationship at the conclusion of a clinical trial. Three researchers identified, reviewed and CONCLUSIONS: Of the total 79 patients, 22 (28%) spontaneously discussed perceptions and feelings about the termination of their relationship with the NP, Qualitative analysis of their statements identified future concerns about continuity of care and emotional themes ranging from gratitude, regret, and anxiety to grief.
This study explored whether Smith and Lazarus' (1990, 1993) cognitive theory of emotion could predict emotional responses to an emotionally ambiguous real-life situation. Questionnaire data were collected from 145 women upon referral for cancer genetic risk assessment. These indicated a mixed emotional reaction of both positive and negative emotions to the assessment. Hierarchical regression analyses revealed that the hypothesised models explained between 20% and 33% of the variance of anxiety, hope and gratitude scores, but only 10% of the variance for challenge scores.
AIM: To acquire insight into the onset and meaning of transgressive behaviour from the perspective of nurses. BACKGROUND: Patient aggression towards healthcare providers occurs frequently. Nurses in particular are at risk of encountering aggressive or transgressive behaviour due to the nature, duration and intensity of relationships with patients. This study analysed nurse perspectives with regard to the onset and meaning of transgressive patient behaviour in a general hospital setting. DESIGN: Qualitative research according to the grounded theory method.
In this article we discuss generosity, a virtue that has received little attention in relation to nursing practice. We make a distinction between material generosity and generosity of spirit. The moral imagination is central to our analysis of generosity of spirit. We discuss data taken from a team meeting and identify the components of generosity, for example, the role of the moral imagination in interrupting value judgements, protecting the identity of the chronically ill patient through use of the psychosocial format, and displaying empathetic maturity.
Despite its virtues, lay decision-making in medicine shares with professional decision-making a disturbing common feature, reflected both in formal policies prohibiting high-risk research and in informal policies favoring treatment decisions made when a crisis or change of status occurs, often late in a downhill course. By discouraging patient decision-making but requiring dedication to the patient's interests by those who make decisions on the patient's behalf, such practices tend to preclude altruistic choice on the part of the patient.