Nurses' and cancer patients' perceptions of symptom distress: A replication study

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Title:
Nurses' and cancer patients' perceptions of symptom distress: A replication study
Author:
Davis, Rhonda Lou, 1955-
Issue Date:
1991
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
The purpose of this study was to investigate the congruence between hospitalized cancer patients' self-assessments of symptom distress and nurses' assessments of symptom distress in those patients. Using a comparative descriptive design, a convenience sample of 32 nurse-patient pairs completed the modified Symptom Distress Scale. A major finding was the difference between the nurse and patient groups concerning perceptions of symptom distress from mood. Nurses generally rated mood as the most frequent contributor to higher levels of symptom distress, in marked contrast to patients' self-assessments. Patients and nurses also differed in their perceptions of pain, although to a lesser degree than with mood. Nurses' assessments of patients' moods and pain may be influenced by assumptions related to the cancer diagnosis.
Type:
text; Thesis-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Health Sciences, Nursing.
Degree Name:
M.S.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Nursing
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Longman, Alice J.

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dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleNurses' and cancer patients' perceptions of symptom distress: A replication studyen_US
dc.creatorDavis, Rhonda Lou, 1955-en_US
dc.contributor.authorDavis, Rhonda Lou, 1955-en_US
dc.date.issued1991en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this study was to investigate the congruence between hospitalized cancer patients' self-assessments of symptom distress and nurses' assessments of symptom distress in those patients. Using a comparative descriptive design, a convenience sample of 32 nurse-patient pairs completed the modified Symptom Distress Scale. A major finding was the difference between the nurse and patient groups concerning perceptions of symptom distress from mood. Nurses generally rated mood as the most frequent contributor to higher levels of symptom distress, in marked contrast to patients' self-assessments. Patients and nurses also differed in their perceptions of pain, although to a lesser degree than with mood. Nurses' assessments of patients' moods and pain may be influenced by assumptions related to the cancer diagnosis.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeThesis-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectHealth Sciences, Nursing.en_US
thesis.degree.nameM.S.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineNursingen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorLongman, Alice J.en_US
dc.identifier.proquest1345610en_US
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b27056041en_US
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