Impact of Humanitude Palliative Care Programme on Comfort of Older Cancer Patients on Palliative Care
Objective: To examine how the Humanitude palliative care programme could impact the comfort of older person who received palliative care
Design: Two-group quasi-experimental study with a pretest and a posttest
Methodology: This study was conducted on a sample of 44 cancer patients aged 60 and higher who were receiving palliative care in the in-patient department of a cancer hospital. Recruited by means of purposive sampling, the subjects were equally divided into an experimental group and a control group. The experimental group was given, for a period of five days, the Humanitude palliative care program, which integrated four nursing care components designed to enhance patients’ comfort. The control group, on the other hand, received standard care. Data were collected from January to March 2020, via 1) a demographic data collection form; and 2) Hospice Comfort Questionnaire (Patient). The data were analysed using descriptive statistics, independent t-test, and paired t-test.
Results: The experimental group, which received the Humanitude palliative care programme, displayed a statistically significant increase in their comfort level than the control group, which was given standard care (p= .05). The experimental group also showed a signifcantly increased level of comfort after receiving the palliative care programme than before receiving it (p = .05).
Recommendations: It is recommended that this nursing care programme be applied to promoting well-being and comfort into older cancer patients receiving palliative care
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