The Effects of An Educative Supportive Program on The Nutrition Self-Care Behavior and Nutritional Status among Colorectal Cancer Patients Receiving Chemotherapy
Keywords:the education and support, self-care behavior, nutritional status, colorectal cancer patients
The purpose of this quasi-experimental research was to study the effect of an educative supportive program based on the Orem theory on the nutrition self-care behavior and nutritional status among colorectal cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. The samples consisted of 60colorectal cancer patients receiving chemotherapy and were recruited based on an inclusion criteria including a control group and an experimental group. Data collection tools included 1) Personal demographic questionnaire 2) Self-care behavior assessment for cancer patients receiving chemotherapy (the result of test-retest = .97) and 3) Nutrition assessment (Cronbach’s alpha coefficient = .98). Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, chi-squared test, Friedman test, the Mann-Whitney U test and the Wilcoxon signed rank test.
The findings indicated that after participating in the educative and supportive program, the nutrition self-care behavior mean score of the experimental group had statistically higher mean score of nutrition self-care behavior than that of the control group (p<.001), with their score peaking on the fourteenth and twenty-eight day. However, the nutritional status, hemoglobin, and hematocrit were of the two group not statistically significant different.
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