Presenter Type

Student

Brief Bio Sketch

Kristi is an assistant professor and the Director of the OHSU (BS) Radiation Therapy Program. Her background is in radiation therapy and change management, which includes both leadership and education experience. Kristi currently teaches courses in Radiation Oncology, Quality Improvement & Change Management and Foundations of IPE. Her research interests include simulation-based education and interprofessional education development within health profession programs. Kristi is also very interested in the application of change management methodology and leadership techniques within healthcare institutions.

Abstract

In 2016, it was estimated that approximately 1,685,210 new cases of cancer would be diagnosed in the United States that year, and that 595,690 people would die from the disease (National Cancer Institute, 2018) The diagnosis of cancer can greatly affect the quality of life of patients and their families, and patients often experience varying levels of anxiety and distress throughout the diagnostic and treatment process (National Cancer Institute, 2018). Anxiety is defined as fear, dread, and uneasiness caused by stress, which can be caused by both the diagnosis and treatment of cancer (Andersen & Tewfik, 1985). Patient education has been shown to reduce anxiety in a wide range of patients, including those diagnosed with cancer (McPherson, Higginson, & Hearn,

Location

HPC2 Building, Atrium

Start Date

26-1-2019 11:00 AM

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Jan 26th, 11:00 AM

The Effectiveness of Patient Education in Reducing Anxiety and Increasing Comprehension for Cancer Patients Undergoing Radiation Therapy

HPC2 Building, Atrium

In 2016, it was estimated that approximately 1,685,210 new cases of cancer would be diagnosed in the United States that year, and that 595,690 people would die from the disease (National Cancer Institute, 2018) The diagnosis of cancer can greatly affect the quality of life of patients and their families, and patients often experience varying levels of anxiety and distress throughout the diagnostic and treatment process (National Cancer Institute, 2018). Anxiety is defined as fear, dread, and uneasiness caused by stress, which can be caused by both the diagnosis and treatment of cancer (Andersen & Tewfik, 1985). Patient education has been shown to reduce anxiety in a wide range of patients, including those diagnosed with cancer (McPherson, Higginson, & Hearn,