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Experiences of Breast Cancer Survivors Towards Medication Adherence and Informational Needs– A Mixed Study Approach

Author: DR SHANKAR SHANMUGAM RAJENDRAN, DR PRADEEP KUMAR NAIK, NIRMALA ASAITHAMBI, TAMIL ELAKIYA TAMILARASAN, SHAKILA SHANKAR
Abstract: Breast cancer is the fifth most typical cause of death and the most frequently identified and diagnosed Cancer among women in 140 out of 184 countries. The importance of cancer diagnosis and treatment is evident to everyone in light of the changes in its prevalence worldwide and its impact on family, economy, and society. Adhering to a proper prescription regimen and getting reliable health information is essential for breast cancer patients to cope with the disease and psychological pressure. Objectives – 1. To assess the Medication adherence and Information needs level among breast cancer survivors and find their association with the selected socio-demographic variables 2. To explore the Medication adherence and Informational needs experiences among breast cancer survivors. Methodology – A concurrent triangulation mixed-method design was used with a convenient and purposive sampling technique among breast cancer survivors attending Medical Oncology OPD. Medication Adherence Rating Scale and Toronto Informational Need Questionnaire were used to elicit data quantitatively and semi-structured questionnaires in qualitative aspects. Results –Mostly, 74% of the participants had good adherence to medication. 74% of patients had an average informational need score, and there exists a significant, positive, moderate correlation between Informational needs and Medication adherence score (r=0.37). The qualitative core themes that evolved were Treatment compliance, Healthcare needs, and acquisition of Information. Conclusion - Nurses play a pivotal role in educating clients about the importance of treatment regimens and providing necessary Information related to treatment, physical and psychological needs.
Keyword: Breast cancer survivors, Information needs, Medication adherence, Mixed Research .
DOI: https://doi.org/10.31838/ijpr/2021.13.02.206
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