Evaluation of a nursing intervention for women experiencing treatment for breast cancer
AuthorSchuldheis, Sherrie Lind
Health Sciences, Medicine and Surgery.
Health Sciences, Nursing.
Health Sciences, Oncology.
AdvisorBraden, Carrie Jo
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe primary purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness and the costs of a community based nursing intervention for Hispanic women undergoing treatment for breast cancer. The purposes were: (1) Determine if the self-help nursing intervention resulted in significant improvements in the outcome variables of self-care, symptom burden, functional status, and productivity; and (2) describe the costs of each component of the SHIP II project; and (3) describe the average costs per woman participating in SHIP II; and (4) estimate the cost-effectiveness of SHIP II. Data from the Self-Help Intervention Project (SHIP II), an experimental, randomized block, repeated measures design study of women undergoing treatment of breast cancer were analyzed using growth curve analysis and path analysis in EQS. Results revealed that a woman's initial status upon entering the project subsequently affected her outcomes of self-care, symptom burden, productivity, and functional status. The nursing intervention did not affect the outcomes of the women in this sample. An economic analysis revealed that the most expensive program component was that of personnel salaries and represented 91% of the total intervention costs. Recommendations include: (1) exploration of the functional relationships between the nursing intervention and the outcome variables; and (2) exploration of mediating and moderating variables; and (3) further instrumentation work on the outcome variables.
Degree ProgramGraduate College