Symptom clusters in patients with brain tumors undergoing proton beam therapy

Ulrica Langegård, Birgitta Johansson, Thomas Bjork-Eriksson, Per Fransson, Emma Ohlsson-Nevo, Katarina Sjövall, Karin Ahlberg

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Sammanfattning

OBJECTIVES: To explore symptom clusters during proton beam therapy in patients with primary brain tumors and investigate associations among symptom clusters, demographic variables, and comorbidity in this patient population.

SAMPLE & SETTING: Data were collected from 187 adult patients with primary brain tumors during their treatment periods in the Skandion Clinic in Uppsala, Sweden. Symptoms were assessed with the Radiotherapy-Related Symptoms Assessment Scale, and comorbidity was evaluated with the Self-Administered Comorbidity Questionnaire.

METHODS & VARIABLES: The study used a quantitative and longitudinal design. Exploratory factor analysis was used to determine the underlying structure of symptom clusters.

RESULTS: Three clusters were identified.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING: Building knowledge about how these symptoms interact and are clustered will support healthcare professionals to more efficiently relieve symptom clusters during proton beam therapy.

OriginalspråkEngelska
Sidor (från-till)349-363
Antal sidor14
TidskriftOncology Nursing Forum
Volym46
Utgåva3
DOI
StatusPublicerad - 2019
Externt publiceradJa

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  • Omvårdnad (30305)
  • Cancer och onkologi (30203)

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