Kristina Persson; Charlotte Wadström , pp. 25. Inst. för hälso- och naturvetenskap/Dept. of Science and Health, 2000.
Every year an avorage of 40 000 Swedes fall ill with different forms of cancer. Chemotheraphy has an effect on the tumour cells as well as the healthy cells in the body, this causes many side effects which can be very problematic for the patient. The study was carried out in order to indicate the care measures that are taken to deal with the side effects i. e stomatit, loss of hair and sickness/vomiting, that are connected with chemotheraphy so that the outpatients will experience a quality of life. The method used was a qualitative interview with six nurses from the South if Sweden, all of whom are working with chemotheraphy patients. The results showed that the nurses thought that quality of life was individual, in their care work the patients needs and valuations were used as a starting point. Aside form the specific care measures for respective side-effects they put an emphasis on talking and giving information to patients. In addition, they indicated the relationship they had with their patients. Accordi
ng to them a good relation to the patient is a prerequisite of good care work.