Study identifies perception gap in incidence, impact of CINV/RINV
the ONA take:
There is a perpetual gap between healthcare professionals and patient perceptions of incidence and impact on patients' daily life of chemotherapy- and radiotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV/RINV), according to findings presented at the joint Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC)/International Society of Oral Oncology (ISOO) 2015 Annual Meeting on Supportive Care in Cancer in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Researchers found that oncologists and oncology nurses overestimate the incidence of CINV/RINV, but underestimate the effect that CINV/RINV has on patients' daily lives. Moreover, data showed that 28% of patients believe oncologists underestimate the impact of CINV/RINV on patients' daily lives.
Results also showed that physicians and nurses believe 60% of patients are fully compliant with physicians' and/or nurses guidelines for self-administration of anti-emetic medications; however, only 38% reported full compliance. Patients reported reluctance to increase pill burden and concern that swallowing would cause nausea/vomiting as reasons for non-compliance.
The findings suggest that the gap between physician and patient perceptions may result in inadequate management of patients' CINV/RINV.
There is a perpetual gap between healthcare professionals and patient perceptions of incidence and impact on patients' daily life of CINV/RINV.
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