An exploration of the communication that takes place between nurses and patients whilst cancer chemotherapy is administered
Article first published online: 21 NOV 2007
Journal of Clinical Nursing
Volume 4, Issue 4, pages 227–233, July 1995
How to Cite
DENNISON, S. (1995), An exploration of the communication that takes place between nurses and patients whilst cancer chemotherapy is administered. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 4: 227–233. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.1995.tb00211.x
- Issue published online: 21 NOV 2007
- Article first published online: 21 NOV 2007
- Accepted for publication 15 September 1994
- cancer chemotherapy;
- data analysis
- •Existing studies indicate the importance of the communication that takes place within specific nursing procedures, but a body of knowledge in this area has yet to be developed.
- •This study explores the verbal communication that took place when nurses were administering cytotoxic chemotherapy in a specialized gynaecological oncology unit.
- •Most interactions were initiated by the nurses and concentrated on information giving.
- •Detailed, clear and precise explanations were provided, reflecting the highly technical nature of the procedure.
- •The nurses rarely made any assessment of the patients' understanding of the situation, their preconceptions, or their feelings.
- •It is suggested that there is a need to structure and improve the emotional, supportive, and information-giving techniques employed by nurses.