The purpose of this study was to determine if a cancer patient will experience less nausea and a better quality of life if a non-clinical caregiver is present with them while receiving chemotherapy. Primary data was collected at the oncology outpatient infusion center at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center. Of the 39 participants, 23 had a caregiver with them and 16 came to receive treatment alone. Each participant was asked their nausea level 24 hours after they received chemotherapy. Seventy-two hours after receiving chemotherapy they were asked to complete the Functional Living Index-Emesis (FLIE) survey to evaluate their quality of life during the last 3 days. The data were analyzed by using descriptive and inferential statistics.
Although neither group of patients experienced less nausea or took less anti-nausea medication, those that did have a caregiver present with them did report that they had a better quality of life.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Health care management, Oncology|
|Keywords:||Cancer, Chemotherapy, Emetogenic, Non-clinical caregivers, Patient|
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