Patient Education: A Comparison of Teaching Strategies for Patients With Brain Neoplasms

Tobi A. Stuart, Sonja E. Stutzman, Amber D. Hicks, Dai Wai M. Olson

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: A diagnosis of cancer, specifically a brain neoplasm, can be daunting and confusing to patients and their family members. It is important to find ways to provide education about diagnosis, symptoms, medications, treatment, and side effects in a usable and retrievable format. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to examine the impact of the following three teaching strategies on patients' knowledge and understanding of their diagnosis. METHODS: This was a prospective pre-/post-test pilot study including patients who had been diagnosed with brain neoplasms. FINDINGS: Among 30 patients enrolled during a seven-month period, those who received strategy 3 had higher mean post-test knowledge scores compared to those who received strategy 1 or 2, but the difference was not statistically significant. The results suggest that TEAL-reinforced education is helpful for keeping appointments and may be associated with better knowledge retention regarding disease process and medications. In addition, fewer calls were made to the healthcare team in the strategy 3 group compared to the strategy 1 and 2 groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E81-E86
JournalClinical journal of oncology nursing
Volume23
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

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Appointments and Schedules
Neoplasms
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • brain neoplasms
  • nursing
  • Patient education
  • teaching strategies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Oncology(nursing)

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Patient Education : A Comparison of Teaching Strategies for Patients With Brain Neoplasms. / Stuart, Tobi A.; Stutzman, Sonja E.; Hicks, Amber D.; Olson, Dai Wai M.

In: Clinical journal of oncology nursing, Vol. 23, No. 5, 01.10.2019, p. E81-E86.

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Stuart, Tobi A. ; Stutzman, Sonja E. ; Hicks, Amber D. ; Olson, Dai Wai M. / Patient Education : A Comparison of Teaching Strategies for Patients With Brain Neoplasms. In: Clinical journal of oncology nursing. 2019 ; Vol. 23, No. 5. pp. E81-E86.
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