A comprehensive nurse-led intervention for patients with peripheral vestibular disorders: the feasibility and benefits
2015 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Dizziness and balance problems are common symptoms at all ages, the symptoms are more common in women than in men and increases with age. Several studies clearly demonstrate that peripheral vestibular disorders symptoms may lead to the patients reporting functional consequences of a physical, mental and social character. The overall aim of this thesis was to investigate the efficacy and feasibility of an intervention for patients with peripheral vestibular disorders that contains patient education in groups in combination with individual support. The study is a randomized controlled trial (RCT). Thirty-six patients participated in the study: the intervention group (n = 18), who received the intervention and standard care, and patients in a control group (n = 18), who received standard care. The intervention includes a patient education program and individualized nursing support during a six-month period. Outcomes were collected by self-assessment questionnaires about dizziness-related symptoms, well-being, sense of coherence, and self-care measured at baseline before randomization and at six and nine months later. All patients were also instructed to complete a diary where they recorded symptoms that arose during an episode of dizziness. The main results show that the patients who received the intervention rated statistically significant fewer vertigo-related symptoms and a higher sense of coherence than the control group at the ninemonth follow-up. The intervention was feasible and seems to support the patients to manage symptoms. The effects were small and must be considered in relation to the efforts of the intervention. Confirmative studies are warranted.
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Örebro: Örebro University , 2015. , 44 p.
Örebro Studies in Care Sciences, ISSN 1652-1153 ; 62
Other Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-49627OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-49627DiVA: diva2:916715
2015-10-09, Prismahuset, P 206, Örebro universitet, Fakultetsgatan 1, Örebro, 13:00 (Swedish)
Langius-Eklöf, Ann, Professor
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