Acıbadem Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Dergisi 2011 , Vol 2, Issue 1
Occupations of Outpatient Cancer Patients During Chemotherapy: Results of a Questionnaire Based Study
Suna Çokmert1, Tuğba Yavuzşen2, İlkay Tuğba Ünek2
1Manisa Devlet Hastanesi, Tıbbi Onkoloji, Manisa, Türkiye
2Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Tıbbi Onkoloji, İzmir, Türkiye
Aim: To determine the preferences of patients which can reduce their anxiety about chemotherapy during chemotherapy.

Patients and Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive study consisting of 118 patients who received chemotherapy was performed at medical oncology department of Dokuz Eylül University Hospital by a questionnaire form consisting of 16 questions.

Results: A total of 100 patients were enrolled in this study. 51 of these patients were male and 49 were female. Mean age of the patients was 53,7 ± 12,1 years. It was found that 56% of the patients prefer listening to music, 14% of them prefer watching movie, 11% of them prefer sleeping and 10% of them prefer reading book during chemotherapy. We found out that educational status affect the type of music preferred (p=0.043).

Conclusion: Because of its easy applicability and accessibility in almost every condition, music therapy service can be offered to every patient during chemotherapy. Keywords : anxiety, cancer, chemotherapy, quality of life