Effectiveness and efficiency of nurse-given cancer patient education

Heather B. Porter


Increasing health care costs make it imperative that nurse-given

cancer education programs be evaluated according to their

economic effectiveness and efficiency. The purpose of this research

was the comparison of two programs of nurse-given education at a

Canadian cancer centre examining patients’ knowledge of

chemotherapy and associated side effects, the number of self-care

behaviours for side effects, the degree of extra health resource

utilization, patient and nurse satisfaction with teaching programs,

and the nursing time needed for teaching. Results show that the

experimental intervention is more effective and more efficient than

the usual well-organized patient education program at this centre.

These study findings begin to address the knowledge gap regarding

the cost-effectiveness of a critical component of ambulatory cancer


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