Effect of the "DORLAN" Health Education Package on Physical, Psychosocial and Sexual Problems in Gynecological Cancer Patients During Chemotherapy.

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      Chemotherapy is one of the treatment option for gynecological cancer patients. Chemotherapy demonstrates side effects physically, psychosocially and sexually. Health education is one of the methods used to help reduce such side effects in patients undergoing chemotherapy. This study aims to identify the effect of the ‘DORLAN" health education on the physical, psychosocial, and sexual problems in gynecological cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. A quasi-experimental study with consecutive sampling techniques was conducted in two different hospitals. A sample of 94 women with gynecological cancer who were undergoing chemotherapy were included and consisted of 47 participants in an intervention group and 47 participants in a control group. Data collection was performed using demographic data questionnaires, a FACT-G questionnaire, a Sexual Satisfaction Scale for Women (SSS-W) questionnaire, and a Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS) questionnaire. Data was collected twice; once before intervention and again three weeks after intervention. The results showed that there were differences in physical problem (p-value 0.000), psychosocial problem (p-value 0.001), sexual problem (p-value 0.041) before and after delivery of the "DORLAN" health education to the intervention group. Similarly, there were differences in physical, psychosocial, and social problems among gynecological cancer patients during chemotherapy between the intervention group and the control group (p-value: 0.012, 0.029 and 0.001). Maternity nurses are expected to provide independent intervention in the form of health education to be able to improve the adaptability of patients who are experiencing undergoing chemotherapy both physical, psychosocial and sexual problems during chemotherapy. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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