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The Effects of Education on Anxiety Levels in Patients Receiving Chemotherapy for the First Time: An Integrative Review

Sarah Garcia

Patient education, chemotherapy, cancer, anxiety
CJON 2014, 18(5), 516-521. DOI: 10.1188/14.CJON.18-05AP

Anxiety is one of the most common symptoms experienced by patients receiving their first chemotherapy treatment. Improper prevention and management of anxiety can lead to poor psychosocial outcomes, dissatisfaction with care, and decreased adherence to treatment. A review of the literature was conducted to analyze the effectiveness of patient education at decreasing anxiety. Consistencies were found throughout the literature regarding patient education for this population. Information regarding side effects of treatment, side-effect management strategies, and orientation to the infusion center are the most important topics of education that reduce anxiety. In addition, education performed by nurses before the first chemotherapy infusion in a quiet environment is most effective. Integration of effective patient education programs improves holistic care by increasing emphasis on psychosocial aspects of oncology.

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