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  • 1.
    Adam, Christina
    et al.
    Grekland.
    Patiraki, Elisabeth
    Grekland.
    Lemonidou, Chryssoula
    Grekland.
    Radwin, Laurel
    USA.
    Charalambouss, Andreas
    Cypern; Finland.
    Charalambous, Melanie
    Cypern.
    Berg, Agneta
    Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Sjuksköterskeutbildningarna. Kristianstad University, Research Platform for Collaboration for Health.
    Sjoval, Katarina
    Lund University.
    Katajisto, Jouko
    Finland.
    Stolti, Minna
    Finland.
    Suhonen, Riitta
    Finland.
    Quality of nursing care as perceived by cancer patients: a cross-sectional survey in four European countries2017In: Balkan Union of Oncology. Journal, ISSN 1107-0625, Vol. 22, no 3, p. 777-782Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose: To explore and compare cancer patients' perceptions on the quality of nursing care in four European countries. Methods: Data were collected in Cyprus, Finland, Greece and Sweden. The sample comprised 596 hospitalized cancer patients. The quality of nursing care was measured using the "Oncology Patients' Perceptions of the Quality of Nursing Care Scale" (OPPQNCS). Patient characteristics were also collected. Analysis of variance was used to examine the effects of country on the perceptions of the quality of nursing care. Results: Patients' age ranged from 18 to 86 years, and 58% were male. The comparison of cancer patients' perceptions regarding the quality of nursing care between the four countries showed a statistically significant difference in the total OPPQNCS scores (p <0.001) as well as in the subscales responsiveness (p <0.001), individualization (p<0.001), co ordination (p<0.001) and proficiency (p<0.001). The Cronbach's alpha coefficient for the OPPQNCS ranged between 0.89 and 0.95. A multivariate analysis of variance for the OPPQNCS controlled by respondents' demographic characteristics revealed that only the patient's country was significantly related with the patients' perceptions of quality care. Conclusion: Quality of nursing care as perceived by cancer patients was high, but differed between the four countries. The impact of the clinical status of cancer patients on the quality of nursing care and managerial factors such as staffing/nursing care delivery models that influence the ability of nurses to offer high quality care should also be explored by more focused studies.

  • 2.
    Adam, Christina
    et al.
    1 St. Savvas Anticancer Hospital, Athens, Greece.
    Patiraki, Elisabeth
    National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greec.
    Lemonidou, Chryssoula
    National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Faculty of Nursing, Athens, Greece.
    Radwin, Laurel
    Research Health Scientist, Center for Health Care Organization and Implementation Research, Boston VA Health Care System, Boston, MA USA.
    Charalambouss, Andreas
    Cyprus University of Technology, Department of Nursing Studies, Limassol, Cyprus and Docent, University of Turku, Department of Nursing Science, Finland.
    Charalambous, Melanie
    Cyprus Ministry of Health, Nursing Services, Educational Sector, Nicosia, Cyprus.
    Berg, Agneta
    University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - graduate level. Kristianstad University, Kristianstad.
    Sjövall, Katarina
    Skane University Hospital and Medical faculty, Lund University, Sweden.
    Katajisto, Jouko
    Statistician University of Turku, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Turku, Finland.
    Stolti, Minna
    University of Turku, Department of Nursing Science, Turku, Finland.
    Suhonen, Riitta
    University of Turku, Department of Nursing Science/Turku University Hospital and City of Turku, Welfare Division, Turku, Finland.
    Quality of nursing care as perceived by cancer patients: A cross-sectional survey in four European countries2017In: Balkan Union of Oncology. Journal, ISSN 1107-0625, Vol. 22, no 3, p. 777-782Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose: To explore and compare cancer patients’ perceptions on the quality of nursing care in four European countries. Methods: Data were collected in Cyprus, Finland, Greece and Sweden. The sample comprised 596 hospitalized cancer patients. The quality of nursing care was measured using the “Oncology Patients’ Perceptions of the Quality of Nursing Care Scale” (OPPQNCS). Patient characteristics were also collected. Analysis of variance was used to examine the effects of country on the perceptions of the quality of nursing care. Results: Patients’ age ranged from 18 to 86 years, and 58% were male. The comparison of cancer patients’ perceptions regarding the quality of nursing care between the four countries showed a statistically significant difference in the total OPPQNCS scores (p <0.001) as well as in the subscales responsiveness (p <0.001), individualization (p<0.001), co ordination (p<0.001) and proficiency (p<0.001). The Cronbach’s alpha coefficient for the OPPQNCS ranged between 0.89 and 0.95. A multivariate analysis of variance for the OPPQNCS controlled by respondents’ demographic characteristics revealed that only the patient’s country was significantly related with the patients’ perceptions of quality care. Conclusion: Quality of nursing care as perceived by cancer patients was high, but differed between the four countries. The impact of the clinical status of cancer patients on the quality of nursing care and managerial factors such as staffing/nursing care delivery models that influence the ability of nurses to offer high quality care should also be explored by more focused studies.

  • 3.
    Mauri, Davide
    et al.
    Univ Hosp Ioannina, Dept Med Oncol, S Niarchos Ave, TK-45500 Ioannina, Greece;PACMeR Athens, Evidence Based Dept, Athens, Greece;Soc Study Clonal Heterogene Neoplasia EMEKEN, Ioannina, Greece.
    Tsali, Lampriani
    PACMeR Athens, Evidence Based Dept, Athens, Greece.
    Polyzos, Nikolaos P.
    Hosp Univ Dexeus, Barcelona, Spain.
    Valachis, Antonis
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, Centrum för klinisk forskning i Sörmland (CKFD).
    Zafeiria, Georgia
    Soc Study Clonal Heterogene Neoplasia EMEKEN, Ioannina, Greece.
    Kalopita, Konstantina
    Alexandra Gen Hosp, Dept Anaesthesiol & Pain Med, Athens, Greece.
    Tsiara, Anna
    Univ Athens, Dept Med Oncol, Athens, Greece.
    Yerolatsite, Melina
    Univ Hosp Ioannina, Dept Med Oncol, S Niarchos Ave, TK-45500 Ioannina, Greece;Soc Study Clonal Heterogene Neoplasia EMEKEN, Ioannina, Greece.
    Zarkavelis, Georgios
    Univ Hosp Ioannina, Dept Med Oncol, S Niarchos Ave, TK-45500 Ioannina, Greece;Soc Study Clonal Heterogene Neoplasia EMEKEN, Ioannina, Greece.
    Kampletsas, Eleftherios
    Univ Hosp Ioannina, Dept Med Oncol, S Niarchos Ave, TK-45500 Ioannina, Greece;Soc Study Clonal Heterogene Neoplasia EMEKEN, Ioannina, Greece.
    Mouzaki, Ioanna
    Univ Hosp Ioannina, Dept Med Oncol, S Niarchos Ave, TK-45500 Ioannina, Greece;Soc Study Clonal Heterogene Neoplasia EMEKEN, Ioannina, Greece.
    Ntellas, Panagiotis
    Univ Hosp Ioannina, Dept Med Oncol, S Niarchos Ave, TK-45500 Ioannina, Greece;Soc Study Clonal Heterogene Neoplasia EMEKEN, Ioannina, Greece.
    Hills, Panagiotis
    Univ Hosp Ioannina, Dept Med Oncol, S Niarchos Ave, TK-45500 Ioannina, Greece;Soc Study Clonal Heterogene Neoplasia EMEKEN, Ioannina, Greece.
    Pentheroudakis, Georgios
    Univ Hosp Ioannina, Dept Med Oncol, S Niarchos Ave, TK-45500 Ioannina, Greece;Soc Study Clonal Heterogene Neoplasia EMEKEN, Ioannina, Greece.
    Facing internet fake-medicine and web para-pharmacy in the total absence of official recommendations from medical societies2019In: Balkan Union of Oncology. Journal, ISSN 1107-0625, Vol. 24, no 4, p. 1314-1325Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose: Internet fake information, parapharmacy and counterfeit drugs are a market of hundreds of billion dollars. Misleading internet data decrease patients' compliance to medical care, promote use of questionable and detrimental practices, and jeopardize patient outcome. This is particularly harmful among cancer patients, especially when pain and nutritional aspects are considered. Provision of Web recommendations for the general audience (patients, relatives, general population) from official medical-providers might be useful to outweigh the detrimental internet information produced by non-medical providers. Methods: 370 oncology and anesthesiology related societies were analyzed. Our objective was to evaluate the magnitude of web-recommendation for cancer cachexia and cancer pain for the general audience provided by official medical organizations' web sites at global level. Results: Magnitude of web-recommendations at global level was surprisingly scant both for coverage and consistency. Seven official medical societies provided updated web-recommendation for cancer cachexia to their patients/family members, and 15 for cancer pain. Scantiness was unrelated by continent, developmental index, oncology tradition, economic-geographic area and society type scrutinized. Conclusions: Patients need expert advice when exposed to fake internet information largely dominated by paramedical market profits. In this era of "new media" the patients' net-education represents a new major educational challenge for medical societies.

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