Experiencing neutropenia

Quality of life interviews with adult cancer patients

Barry V. Fortner, Kurt W. Tauer, Ted Okon, Arthur C. Houts, Lee Schwartzberg

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Background: Neutropenia is a common toxicity in chemotherapy but detailed information about how neutropenia is associated with changes in patients' quality of life is not readily available. This prospective study interviewed patients with grade 4 neutropenia to provide qualitative information on patients' experience of developing and coping with grade 4 neutropenia during a cycle of chemotherapy. Methods: A sample of 34 patients who developed grade 4 neutropenia during the first cycle of chemotherapy completed a total of 100 structured clinical interviews. Interviews were transcribed, and 2 raters inductively developed 5 broad categories comprising 80 specific complaint domains nominated by patients. Thirty-five patient-nominated problems were mentioned in 5% or more of the interviews. Results: Fatigue was the most common physical symptom. Interference in daily routine, negative self-evaluation, negative emotion, and social isolation were other common complaints associated with neutropenia. Conclusion: Neutropenia is associated with a number of negative experiences among cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, and these negative experiences have an adverse effect on the patient's quality of life. Oncology nurses can play a key role in helping patients manage adverse effects to maintain their quality of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalBMC Nursing
Volume4
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StatePublished - Jul 8 2005

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Neutropenia
Quality of Life
Interviews
Neoplasms
Drug Therapy
Social Isolation
Diagnostic Self Evaluation
Fatigue
Emotions
Nurses
Prospective Studies

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Experiencing neutropenia : Quality of life interviews with adult cancer patients. / Fortner, Barry V.; Tauer, Kurt W.; Okon, Ted; Houts, Arthur C.; Schwartzberg, Lee.

In: BMC Nursing, Vol. 4, 08.07.2005.

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Fortner, Barry V. ; Tauer, Kurt W. ; Okon, Ted ; Houts, Arthur C. ; Schwartzberg, Lee. / Experiencing neutropenia : Quality of life interviews with adult cancer patients. In: BMC Nursing. 2005 ; Vol. 4.
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