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Pembroke M, Nemeth LS
Instruments to evaluate self-management of radiation dermatitis in patients with breast cancer.
Radiation dermatitis (RD) is a side effect of radiation to the breast and chest wall. Healthcare providers routinely grade the severity of RD without assessing its impact on quality of life. This study investigates instruments to identify a patient's ability and confidence to self-manage RD. Findings showed that using a validated instrument to assess patients' needs and ability to self-manage RD will promote personalized care plans tailored to each patient. These findings can be used to implement a patient-reported outcome measure into clinical practice, to develop educational programs for RD management, and to create personalized care plans.
Citation: Pembroke M, Nemeth LS . Instruments to evaluate self-management of radiation dermatitis in patients with breast cancer. Oncol Nurs Forum 2020 Jan;47(1):101-11. doi: 10.1188/20.Onf.101-111..
Keywords: Patient Self-Management, Cancer: Breast Cancer, Cancer, Skin Conditions