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Title: An examination of the period between surgery and radiotherapy for patients with malignant glioma and their families
Author: Kilbride, Lynn
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2006
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Study Aim: To examine the practical and emotional issues that patients with a malignant glioma and their carers experience between the surgery and radiotherapy. Study Design: Using a comparative descriptive design, this study prospectively examined 51 patients and their carers between their surgery and radiotherapy. The study explored changes in neurological functional status, frequency and severity of anxiety and depressive levels, prevalence of side effects of dexamethasone therapy and level of disruption to lives and life quality of patients and their carers. Study Findings: Lack of information and appropriate support, initiate a maladaptive emotional and physical response to the diagnosis of malignant glioma. The age, past medical history and familial commitments of patients are factors, which influence the physical and emotional response exhibited. Recommendations: If nurses and/or other health care professionals; consider the age, past medical history and family commitments of patients, undertake regular assessment of the patients neurological functional state and closely monitor the dosage and effectiveness of dexamethasone therapy, they could anticipate and predict the physical and emotional response of patients and their carers to the diagnosis of malignant glioma between surgery and radiotherapy. Overall implementation of these recommendations would ensure that the support needs of patients and carers could be met between surgery and radiotherapy. Consequently during this time the quality of the lives of these individuals could be optimised.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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