The aim of this study was to determine the effect of e-mobile education on the quality of life of women diagnosed with breast cancer who received endocrine hormone therapy.
The study was conducted as a randomized controlled study between January and July 2018 in the Medical Oncology Outpatient Clinic of a state hospital in the province of Turkey.A total of 64 patients were included in the study according to the inclusion criteria of randomization, split into treatment (n = 31) and control group (n = 33).Data were collected using Patient Introductory Information Form, FACT-ES Quality of Life Scale and NCCN Distress Thermometer.The data were collected twice during the first week of the study and 12th week at the end of the study by face-to-face and/or telephone interviews.Treatment group patients were received information via mobile application for three months during which they were contacted in every 15 days; e-mobile training was provided, including information about breast cancer definition, treatment process, symptoms experienced during endocrine hormone therapy, adequate nutrition, regular physical activity and coping with stress.
The mean total quality of life after e-mobile training to the treatment group was found to be significantly higher than the control group, and the mean distress score was lower than the control group (p < 0.05).For quality of life subscales of patients in the e-mobile training and treatment group; the scores of physical well-being, emotional well-being and endocrine symptoms were found to be significantly higher than the control group (p < 0.05).There was found no difference between the mean scores of social / family well-being subscale scores of the patients in the e-mobile training and treatment group and the control group.Treatment group reported that e-mobile training was “informative and useful a training” (87.1%).
As a result of the study, it has been concluded the quality of life of the patients increased when nurses use the e-mobile training and counseling in order to manage the disease process and symptoms of the women diagnosed with breast cancer and who are receiving endocrine hormone therapy with the help of the developing technologies and using the mobile technologies.
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