Exploring the education needs of newly-diagnosed brain tumour patients and their family caregivers

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Exploring the education needs of newly-diagnosed brain tumour patients and their family caregivers

 

Author: Cheung, Mei-yee Miranda
Title: Exploring the education needs of newly-diagnosed brain tumour patients and their family caregivers
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2007
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations.
Brain -- Tumors -- Patients.
Patient education.
Medical personnel-caregiver relationships.
Department: School of Nursing
Pages: viii, 123, lxxxix p. ; 30 cm.
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b2115907
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/1635
Abstract: The aim of this study is to investigate the education needs of newly diagnosed brain tumour patients and their family caregivers, as the disease bring them tremendous impacts. A qualitative study design was employed. Eight patients and 11 caregivers were invited participate semi-structured interviews. Six education needs were identified from the data analysis. They include brain tumour, treatment, impacts on daily activities & coping, recovery, social concerns, and home care. Besides, emotion turmoil was revealed in association with the disease. These emotional reactions hindered the education needs, as the participants employed 2 different approaches to cope with their emotional turbulence. One was actively seeking information. Another was avoiding further information about their disease. Therefore, there are differences in education needs in different stage of treatment process and individual. Furthermore, the participants reflected the attitude of the health care professional would affect their coping with the disease. The findings enhance planning of patient education strategies.

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