Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

[Ellan project]


FEBRUARY 28, 2016

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice - 2016;29(01)



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Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

[Attitude towards death, psychosomatic and pszichological status of nurses working in hospice care and oncology unit]

NAGY Rebeka, NÉMETH Anikó

[Aim of the research: The aim of the research was to examine the fear of death, the attitudes towards death, the way of processing death, related to the workplace and to assess the burn out and psychosomatic symptoms among oncology nurses and hospice care workers. Research and sampling methods: To execute our research self-developed surveys were distributed online and printed (N=116) in July-August 2015, completed with a control group, as well. For data analysis we used SPSS version 19.0 with the following statistical tests: Chi square test, independent two sample t-test, Spearman rank correlation and variance analysis (p<0,05). Results: Oncology nurses had slightly more positive attitudes towards death, with significant (p=0,034) proneness to concentrate on positive events too, in case of death of their patients, and tend to attend Bálint groups more often (p=0,017), than nurses working in other unists. In the latter group psychosomatic symptoms were more frequent (p=0,032). No significant differences (p=0,234) were found between the groups in cumulative scale of fear of death. Fear of death had great effect on appearance of psychosomatic symptoms (p=0,011) and the extent of burn out (p=0,001). Conclusions: There were no significant differences in fear of death between oncology nurses and hospise care workers.]

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[Care of the fistula, advantages of the monitoring and the surveillance with thermodilution technique]


[Introduction: The best choice of vascular access for haemodialysis patients is the native arteriovenous fistula (AVF). Therefore, monitoring and surveillance of vascular accesses has a high priority. Aim of the research: The aim of our study was to evaluate the AVF surveillance protocol of our dialysis clinic. Research and sampling methods: We began AVF monitoring and surveillance in our dialysis clinic in February 2003. Until May 2015 we evaluated the data of 307 patients. Results: Besides the regular physical investigation of fistulas we performed measurements of vascular access flow (Qa) with thermodilution technique. In cases of suspected stenosis we performed Colour Doppler Ultrasonography and/or fistulography. Stenosis was verified in 154 cases at 344 patients. Percutan transluminal angioplasty was performed in 241 cases at 127 patients. Creation of a new fistula was necessary only in 24 cases at 21 patients. Within the last three years the percentage of patients treated via AVF has risen from 75% to 84%. Conclusions: Regular monitoring and surveillance of vascular accesses and the timely correction of its complications are able to reduce thrombosis of fistulas and the necessity of using central venous catheters. ]

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[Foot disorders of the dialyzed patients]


[In the background of increased morbidity and mortality in dialysis patients the frequent examination for foot disorders can be important. Dialysis nurses play an essential role in the recognition of these abnormalities. Registering foot disorders during regularly performed “foot visits” in our clinic. 69 dialyzed patients were examined and foot abnormalities (dry skin, calluses, fissures, abrasion, ulcers, joint deformities, fungal infections) were documented. Also peripheral pulses were examined. Calibrated tune-fork, monofilament test and neurotest were also performed. Intact, well-groomed feet were found only in 13 patients. Nail fungi were recognized in 22, dry skin and fissures in 24, abrasion and ulcus in 6 patients. In more than half of patients no peripheral pulses were palpable. Patients were given foot care tips and were admitted to specialists. Foot disorders - often in advanced state - were found in a great amount of our patients. Regular “foot visits” should become a routine examination of dialysis patients. ]

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[The patients with sensory system impairment in peritoneal dialysis]


[The sensory system is responsible for perceiving information, which enables us to connect with the outside world. Its impairment could limit an individual’s chances to an equal role in society. Introduction of a special training programme that provides equal opportunities for patients with disabilities to participate in the peritoneal dialysis (PD) programme. In visually impaired patients training was not based on the visual teaching aids but on verbal communication (constant repetition, questioning). In patients with hearing loss visualisation and dexterity are in focus. Speech impediment, a condition often coexisting with hearing loss, made communication more difficult; therefore the training is built on writing, articulation and sign language. By acquiring the theoretical and technical bases of PD treatment, our patients is able to complete safe solution exchanges in their own homes. Once self-care treatment commenced, their nursing continued on an individual basis. Self-care treatment of PD patients with sensory impairment requires prudence, adequate training and aftercare; however according to our experience it does not necessarily imply a higher occurrence rate of complications. ]

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[About Therapy Data Management System (TDMS) by nurses]

SOMOSI László, LADÁNYI Erzsébet

[Recently, the precise management of dialysis-related documentation has become a big responsibility and burden. As a result, less time is available to perform daily nursing tasks. Therefore, our company has introduced the Therapy Data Management System (TDMS) at 10 dialysis centres. The system was developed to reduce the administrative burden and provide information to the staff about the current dialysis session. The TDMS loads the dialysis treatment prescription from the data recording programme used in our network to the dialysis machine. Two main elements are used: data base for treatment monitoring and current treatment parameters. The database for treatment monitoring is used for data input (using the computers in the unit), while the current treatment parameters are used as data input to the dialysis devices and for data documentation. Patients are identified by patient identification cards recording weight before and after the dialysis session. The programme automatically calculates the current ultrafiltration, but data can be modified if necessary. After loading and validating the parameters, treatment can be initiated. With the introduction of the TDMS the time spent for documentation was reduced by 15-20 minutes per patientshift and nurse. Dialysis can be started more easily and quickly, because the parameters of the current treatment always appear on the screen. Moreover, the risk of administration errors is reduced. This system effectively supports the daily work in clinical practice. It provides quick and easy access for all users of the management of haemodialysis patient. Keywords: dialysis, data recording, Therapy Monitor, TDMS ]

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[The connection between the socioeconomic status and stroke in Budapest]


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[Disease burden of Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients and their caregivers]


[Background and purpose - Data on the disease burden of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy are scarce in Hungary. The aim of this study was to assess patients’ and their caregivers’ health related quality of life and healthcare utilisations. Methods - A cross sectional survey was performed as part of the European BURQOL-RD project. The EQ-5D-5L and Barthel Index questionnaires were applied, health care utilisations and patients’ informal carers were surveyed. Results - One symptomatic female carer, 50 children (boys 94%) and six adult patients (five males) participated in the study, the latter two subgroups were included in the analysis. The average age was 9.7 (SD=4.6) and 24.3 (SD=9.8) years, respectively. Median age at time of diagnosis was three years. The average EQ-5D score among children and adults was 0.198 (SD=0.417) and 0.244 (SD=0.322), respectively, the Barthel Index was 57.6 (SD=29.9) and 53.0 (SD=36.5). Score of satisfaction with healthcare (10-point Likert-scale) was mean 5.3 (SD=2.1) and 5.3 (SD=2.9). 15 children were hospitalised in the past 12 months for mean 12.9 (SD=24.5) days. Two patients received help from professional carer. 25 children (mean age 11.1, SD=4.4 years) were helped/supervisied by principal informal carer (parent) for mean 90.1 (SD=44.4) hours/week and further family members helped in 21 cases. Correlation between EQ-5D and Barthel Index was strong and significant (0.731; p<0.01) as well as with informal care time (-0.770; p<0.01), but correlation with satisfaction with health care was not significant (EQ-5D: 0.241; Barthel Index: 0.219; informal care: -0.142). Conclusion - Duchenne muscular dystrophy leads to a significant deterioration in the quality of life of patients. Parents play outstanding role in the care of affected children. This study is the first in the Central and Eastern European region that provides quality of life data in this rare disease for further health economic studies.]

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[Options for assessing the quality of postoperative pain relief: multidimensional measurement tools]

LOVASI Orsolya, GAÁL Péter, LÉBER Andrea, LÁM Judit

[Inadequat treatment of postoperative pain may have several adverse consequences. Its effective and efficient management requires regular pain assessments with valid and re­liable pain assessment tools. The main features of unidimensional pain assessment scales were discussed in our previous paper. Their most important disadvantage is that they measure only the pain intensity, which did not necessarily provide sufficient and re­liable basis for clinical decision making. The main goal of this paper is to review multi­dimensional measurement tools for assessment of postoperative pain, their main components, and applications based on summary of the relevant literature. While using the PICO (population, intervention, control, and outcomes) technique of systematic literature research, we identified 396 accessible and evaluable articles in total, from which we summarize the results of the most important 41 English and 4 Hungarian publications. Among the multi­dimensional pain assessment tools we discussed thoroughly the American Pain So­ciety Pa­tient Outcome Questionnaire (APS-POQ-R), the Swedish Strategic and Clinical Quality Indicators in Postoperative Pain Management (SCQIPP) questionnaire, and the characteristics of the patient outcome questionnaire of the German Quality Im­provement in Postoperative Pain Mana­ge­ment Project (QUIPS). Contrasted to unidimensional scales, multidimensional measurement tools do not evaluate only the intensity of pain, but its other dimensions, and psychosocial aspects. Thus they give a more accurate picture of its nature, however, their application of specific scales requires more time and diligence, and the scope of patients is more restricted. Consequently, unidimensional scales are more suitable for supporting the clinical practice, in cases where the multidimensional questionnaires cannot be used. In contrast, whenever the circumstances permit, multidimensional scales should be used, especially for quality improvement and research purposes.]

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[Feeding and eating in infancy and early childhood part II. - Breastfeeding, complementary feeding and weaning in the Large-sample of the “For Healthy Offspring” project]

NÉMETH Tünde, VÁRADY Erzsébet, DANIS Ildikó, SCHEURING Noémi, SZABÓ László

[INTRODUCTION - Complementary feed-ing is the transitional period from exclusive breastfeeding to family foods, while breastfeeding is continued. It should be started, when breastmilk itself no longer meets the infant’s nutritional requirements, ideally at the age of around 6 months. SUBJECTS AND METHODS - In the Healthy Offspring project self reported questionnaires were received from 1133 parents of 0-3 year old children. Comple­mentary feeding practices and issues of weaning were analyzed. RESULTS - In our sample complementary feeding was started at the age of 5.5±1.8 months. 6% of infants younger than 4 months and about two third of infants at the age between 4 and 6 months were started on complementary feeding. 32% of the 7-12 month old infants were continued on breastfeeding. The proportion of breastfed infants and young children in the 12-24 and 25-36 month age group was 24% and 5.5% respectively. The daily feeding frequency of breastfed infants was 6.7±1.6. The infants and young children, who were breastfed along with complementary feeding were feeding 5.6±1.5 times/day. After completed weaning the range of feeding frequency was limited to 4.9±0.9 occasions/day. 60.4% of mothers regarded their feeding style on demand, while 39.6% on set schedule. 16% of mothers reported that their child had feeding difficulties. CONCLUSIONS - Complementary feeding indicators should be part of infant feeding data collection, such as time of introduction of complementary food, feeding frequency, food consistency, energy density of food and safe preparation. Responsive feeding is part of responsive parenting and should be promoted, along with continuing breastfeeding at least till one year of age, and for as long as mother and infant wish to continue. ]

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