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:: Volume 19, Issue 2 (June-July 2024) ::
IJNR 2024, 19(2): 88-78 Back to browse issues page
The effect of using educational SMS on self-care process and quality of life of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy
Pegah Matouripoor , Maryam Ebrahimabadi , Zeinab Alizadeh , Nazi Nejat *
Arak University of Medical Sciences , n.nejat@arakmu.ac.ir
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Background : Today, mobile phones have become an integral part of daily life and have various functions for self-care education. One of the main methods is the short message service, which does not require access to the Internet and a smartphone. The aim of this study is investigating the effect of using this method on self-care and quality of life of patients with cancer undergoing chemotherapy.
Method: The present study is a clinical trial that was conducted at the Ayat-Allah Khansari a tertiary cancer hospital in Arak city. The participants (n=92) were randomly assigned to two control and interventional groups. The intervention group received educational messages (2-3 SMS) about self-care including diet, physical activity, sleep and rest, and managing side effects for one month. Before and after the intervention, demographic, quality of life and awareness and self-care process questionnaires were completed by the participants. The data was analyzed using SPSS-16 software.
Findings: The average score of awareness and benefits of prevention significantly increased after the intervention in the intervention group (P<0.05). After the intervention, the total score of the quality of life increased significantly in the intervention group and the symptoms of insomnia, pain, nausea and vomiting decreased significantly (P<0.05).
Discussion and conclusion: In this research, education through short message has effectively increased self-care awareness and the quality of life of patients. Therefore, this method can be used especially in the case of patients who do not have access to the Internet and a smartphone or who do not have the ability to use a smartphone. This method can reduce the time of face-to-face education, improve the quality of education, increase the possibility of reviewing the education by the patient and family, their satisfaction, as well as reduce the workload of nurses and reduce the costs of patient care and treatment.
Keywords: chemotherapy, quality of life, self-care, cancer, education, educational short message
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Type of Study: Medical Surgical Nursing | Subject: nursing
Received: 2023/07/5 | Accepted: 2023/12/25 | Published: 2024/05/30
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Matouripoor P, Ebrahimabadi M, Alizadeh Z, Nejat N. The effect of using educational SMS on self-care process and quality of life of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. IJNR 2024; 19 (2) :88-78
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