The C.A.R.E. Channel® is a television station with instrumental music and nature images available to all inpatients at a large Midwestern hospital on a twenty-four hour basis. Suggested applications for the C.A.R.E. Channel® include patient admission or returning from a procedure, stress reduction, enhanced restfulness, decrease distraction and alternative to commercial television. A phenomenological study using a convenience sample of eight patients admitted to a thirty three bed medical-surgical oncology unit was used. The purpose of this study was to describe the patient's experience of the use of the C.A.R.E. Channel ® through the journaling process and use of a questionnaire. Lincoln and Guba's (1985) criteria for developing the trustworthiness of a qualitative study was used. The concepts of comfort, enjoyable, and distraction were identified. From these concepts the theme of "being in another world" was identified. Although this study is not able to be generalized, it is the researcher's belief that the C.A.R.E. Channel® could be a best practice for patients with cancer.
|School:||Northern Kentucky University|
|School Location:||United States -- Kentucky|
|Source:||MAI 49/06M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Music, Nursing, Oncology|
|Keywords:||"Being in another world", Best practice, Comfort, Distraction, Enjoyable, Positive change in well-being|
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