Clinical Nursing Research (Clin Nurs Res )

Publisher: SAGE Publications


Clinical Nursing Research is a refereed journal which meets the increasing demand for an international forum of scholarly research focused on clinical practice.

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    Clinical Nursing Research website
  • Other titles
    Clinical nursing research
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SAGE Publications

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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to determine the influence of music on anxiety levels and physiologic parameters in women undergoing gynecologic surgery. This study employed a pre- and posttest experimental design with nonrandom assignment. Ninety-seven women undergoing gynecologic surgery were included in the study, where 49 were allocated to the control group (nonmusic group) and 48 were assigned to the experimental group (music group). Preoperative anxiety was measured using the State Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) while noninvasive instruments were used in measuring the patients' physiologic parameters (blood pressure [BP], pulse [P], and respiration [R]) at two time periods. Women allocated in the experimental group had lower STAI scores (t = 17.41, p < .05), systolic (t = 6.45, p < .05) and diastolic (t = 2.80, p < .006) BP, and P rate (PR; t = 7.32, p < .05) than in the control group. This study provides empirical evidence to support the use of music during the preoperative period in reducing anxiety and unpleasant symptoms in women undergoing gynecologic surgery.
    Clinical Nursing Research 07/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: This scoping review identifies and describes relevant studies related to the evidence published on life experiences and perceived social support of people affected by Crohn's disease. Twenty-three studies were definitely selected and analyzed for the topics explored. The overall findings show patients' needs and perceptions. There is a lack of evidence about patients' perceived needs as well as the understanding of social support that has contributed to improve their life experiences with that chronic illness. Lack of energy, loss of body control, body image damaged due to different treatments and surgeries, symptoms related to fear of disease, feeling burdened loss related to independence, and so on are some of the concerns with having to live with those affected by the Crohn. To underline those experiences through this scoping review provides valuable data for health care teams, especially for the nursing profession, considered by those affected as one of the main roles along the whole pathological process. This review provides the basis for developing broader research on the relatively underexplored topics and consequently improves specific programs that could address patients' needs.
    Clinical Nursing Research 07/2014;
  • Clinical Nursing Research 07/2014; 23(4):351-352.
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    ABSTRACT: Rising healthcare costs and the management of diabetes are financially straining to healthcare organizations. The study purpose was to examine whether a direct relationship existed between the cost of hospitalization, length of stay, excess admission days, and discharge blood glucose (DC-BG) levels and utilizing a standardized glycemic protocol. A retrospective cohort analysis was conducted of adult diabetes mellitus type 2 (DM-2) patients' pre-diabetic protocol (January 1, 2011-December 31, 2011) and post-diabetic protocol (August 1, 2012-October 31, 2012). The sample included DM-2 inpatients aged ≥18 years admitted without complications and/or with abnormal fasting blood glucose. Pre-protocol sample comprised n = 346 subjects and post-protocol sample comprised n = 149 subjects. Patients who received the diabetic protocol in 2012 experienced a decrease in the DC-BG (p < .05) and decrease in excess admission days (p < .05). Evidence supports that utilizing a standardized glycemic protocol improves glycemic control and reduces healthcare cost.
    Clinical Nursing Research 06/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: It is important to understand burden in caregivers of stroke survivors during the early poststroke period if we are to prevent or decrease the longer-term experience of caregiver burden and its consequences. This article reports a concept analysis of burden in caregivers of stroke survivors during the early poststroke period. A literature review using MEDLINE, PubMed, CINAHL, PsycINFO, and ISI Web of Knowledge databases (1960-2014) identified 32 relevant articles published from 1993 to 2013. Rodgers's evolutionary method of concept analysis was used. Three attributes-objective and subjective aspects, time spent caring for the stroke survivor, and uncertainty about the future for the stroke survivor and caregiver-were identified. Multiple definitions of caregiver burden have been used. In the early poststroke period, burden appears closely interconnected with other factors, some of which may be modifiable.
    Clinical Nursing Research 06/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: The four arm study investigates how use of a preoperative forced-air warming blanket and adjustment of ambient surgical room temperature may contribute to prevention of perioperative hypothermia. Active warming interventions may prevent the drop in core temperature that occur as a result of surgical anesthesia. Core body temperatures from a convenience sample of 220 adult surgical patients were sequentially monitored in the preoperative, intraoperative, and post-anesthesia care units (PACU) while receiving: (a) routine surgical care, (b) application of preoperative forced-air warming blanket, (c) application of preoperative forced-air warming blanket with adjustment of ambient surgical room temperatures, or (d) adjustment of ambient surgical room temperature only. Sample characteristics were evenly distributed among the four groups. There were no statistical differences in PACU core body temperatures. The application of forced-air warming blankets and room temperature adjustment interventions were not more effective than current practice in preventing perioperative hypothermia.
    Clinical Nursing Research 06/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: This was a cross-sectional study to investigate predisposing factors associated with delirium among demented long-term-care residents and to assess the cumulative effect of these factors on the likelihood of having delirium. Of the 155 participants, 109 (70.3%) were found delirious according to the confusion assessment method. Among these individuals, age (OR = 1.07; 95% CI = 1.05-1.10) and severity of dementia (OR = 1.05; 95% CI = 1.03-1.07) were the most associated factors of delirium. The likelihood of being in delirium increased with the number of associated predisposing factors present (OR = 1.67; 95% CI = 1.11-2.51). Associated factors identified were level of functional autonomy, pain, depression, behavioral disturbances, number of medications, dehydration, fever, and malnutrition. Identification of predisposing factors will help nurses in detecting those residents in long-term care settings who are at high-risk for delirium, as well as in designing preventive intervention strategies for delirium, based on these factors.
    Clinical Nursing Research 06/2009; 18(2):153-71.
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    ABSTRACT: A Danish version of the Stroke-Specific Quality of Life Scale (SSQOL-DK) has been developed for self-reporting; it contains 12 physical and psychosocial domains. The purpose of this study was (a) to assess the reliability of the proxy version of the SSQOL-DK and (b) to evaluate the influence of frequency of proxy contact on agreement. In all, 143 patients completed the SSQOL-DK 1 to 5 years post-stroke. A patient chosen proxy completed a proxy version of the same questionnaire. The proxy version showed satisfactory internal consistency (Cronbach's alpha = .85-.95). Agreement was generally high. Proxies rated the amount of trouble significantly smaller (higher score) than the patients only in the domain Social Roles. The amount of trouble in the domain Family Roles received significantly higher ratings from noncohabitant proxies when compared with patients (lower score). The proxy version of the SSQOL-DK appears to be reliable for use with stroke patients up to a few years following a stroke.
    Clinical Nursing Research 06/2009; 18(2):103-18.
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    ABSTRACT: Persons living with HIV/AIDS use self-care for symptom management. This study assesses the use of marijuana as a symptom management approach for six common symptoms for persons living with HIV/AIDS--anxiety, depression, fatigue, diarrhea, nausea, and peripheral neuropathy. This sub-analysis of the efficacy of a symptom management manual encompasses the experiences of participants from sites in the U.S., Africa, and Puerto Rico. Baseline data are analyzed to examine differences in the use and efficacy of marijuana as compared with prescribed and over-the-counter medications as well as the impact on adherence and quality of life.
    Clinical Nursing Research 06/2009; 18(2):172-93.
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    ABSTRACT: This study explores myocardial infarction patients' experiences of adaptation to illness consequences after one year, focusing on experiences of "the self." The study sample consisted of 19 respondents (10 women, 9 men) who have suffered a first-time myocardial infarction. They were interviewed 1 year after the acute heart attack. A constant comparative method for grounded theory provided the strategies used for data collection and analysis. Codes emerged and memos clarified theoretical reflections. The resulting model was able to illustrate possible mechanisms underlying two different behaviors: self-modifying and self-protecting behavior. Four different adaptation positions were identified: put up with current health, struggle for health, ignore illness , and struggle against illness. These categories were related to two core categories: self-agency and coping with illness consequences . This model may clarify the different adaptive behavior observed among post-myocardial infarction patients.
    Clinical Nursing Research 04/2009; 18(2):119-35.
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    ABSTRACT: By adopting more appropriate statistical methods to appraise data from a previously published randomized controlled trial, the statistical and clinical significance of an intervention on the 18-month neurodevelopmental outcome of infants with suspected brain injury is evaluated. The intervention group (n = 32) receives extensive, individualized cognitive/sensorimotor stimulation by public health nurses while the control group (n = 30) receives standard follow-up care. At 18 months, 43 infants remain in the study (22 intervention and 21 control). The results indicate that there is a significant statistical change within groups and a clinical significance whereby more infants in the intervention group improve in mental, motor, and neurological functioning at 18 months compared to the control group. The benefits of looking at clinical significance from a meaningful aspect for practitioners are emphasized.
    Clinical Nursing Research 04/2009; 18(2):136-52.
  • Clinical Nursing Research 03/2009; 18(1):23-5.
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    ABSTRACT: This study was undertaken to better understand family caregivers' perspectives of providing end-of-life (EOL) care to elders facing expected deaths from life-limiting, chronic illnesses, and the study involved understanding the nature of EOL caregiving using caregivers' own words. The study employed a cross-sectional, exploratory descriptive design. The data source was intensive interviews with 27 EOL caregivers. Eight themes were extracted from data that exemplify the core characteristics of EOL caregiving. The themes intersected at a central idea expressed in the voice of one caregiver as "jumping . . . into the abyss of someone else's dying." Data suggested that caregivers of elders with life-limiting illnesses needed nursing guidance about EOL care earlier than it is usually provided and that all nurses providing care to elders in any setting should be ready to offer early education in the practical, technical, and emotional dimensions of end-of-life caregiving.
    Clinical Nursing Research 03/2009; 18(1):80-97.
  • Clinical Nursing Research 03/2009; 18(1):3-5.
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this qualitative study was to develop a pro-active psycho-educational intervention program for Alzheimer's family caregivers following diagnostic disclosure. Based on a theoretical model of role transitions and a participatory approach, the study comprised four steps: (a) exploring caregiver needs; (b) developing and validating a program proposal based on caregiver-expressed needs; (c) formalizing program through intervention mapping; and (d) testing and qualitatively evaluating the program. The psycho-educational program consisted of seven individual sessions aimed at fostering knowledge and skills required to ensure successful transition to the caregiver role. The approach used in this study can serve as a guide for the development of nursing intervention programs. Intervention mapping allowed, in particular, integrating theoretical and empirical elements in a formal intervention model.
    Clinical Nursing Research 03/2009; 18(1):44-67.
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study is to evaluate collection, transport, and storage protocols of urine and air allergen samples from infants in a rural setting. Infant urine and aeroallergen samples (n = 21) are collected in the home setting in rural areas where time and distance to the central laboratory is a consideration. Urine samples are analyzed using ELISA tests after being transported using three different techniques: (a) ambient temperature, (b) dry ice, and (c) packaged on dry ice and shipped commercially. Following initial ELISA testing for levels of cytokines, urine samples are frozen at -70 degrees Celsius for 6 months. Samples are then reanalyzed for levels of cytokines. Dust samples are analyzed for levels of aeroallergens, stored at 4 degrees for 6 months, and reanalyzed. The integrity of samples varies by biomarker, shipment temperature, and storage time, creating a high degree of variability in results.
    Clinical Nursing Research 03/2009; 18(1):6-22.
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    ABSTRACT: The primary purpose of this pilot study was to examine the influence of maternal health status on health services use in children with the diagnosis of asthma. A secondary purpose was to assess both preventive and illness-related child health services use patterns. Fifty-two asthmatic children and 43 mothers met the inclusion criteria. The majority of mothers (72%, n = 31/43) rated their own overall health as good to excellent. Eighty-six percent (n = 38/44) of the children had a medical home, 20% had peak flow meters, 26% had been to see a specialist, and 4% were currently under the care of a specialist. This pilot study raises important questions about the influence of maternal health on child health services use patterns for asthmatic children from low-income families. Understanding the influence of maternal health on health-seeking patterns for children with asthma is important for nursing intervention.
    Clinical Nursing Research 03/2009; 18(1):26-43.
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    ABSTRACT: Parents of children with chronic illnesses face many challenges not faced by other parents. A family-centered parent support and education program, Building on Family Strengths (BFS), was designed to help parents meet these challenges by gaining new skills and learning new ways to support their children. BFS researchers involved potential participant families in the refinement of the BFS curriculum to make it truly family centered. The article reports major feedback received from parent focus groups, leaders in several cultural communities, and participants in a pilot class as BFS underwent final refinement. This feedback greatly influences the development of the BFS curriculum, as without it the final product going into a randomized clinical trial would be less attuned to the needs of parents of children with chronic illnesses. Other researchers and family educators may find this feedback useful as they improve their own research and program offerings.
    Clinical Nursing Research 03/2009; 18(1):68-79.
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    ABSTRACT: Coping difficulties of 113 adults 3 weeks after hospital discharge were identified using the Post-Discharge Coping Difficulty Scale and a brief focused telephone interview (11-item guide). Overall, low difficulty scores were reported (M = 23.9, SD = 18.2, range = 0 to 100). Qualitative data reveal specific coping difficulties in the categories of stressors, specific difficulties, caring for self, managing the condition, family, advice needed, contact with the health care system, and what they wished they knew before discharge. A core theme of biographical reconstruction emerged.
    Clinical Nursing Research 12/2008; 17(4):278-96.

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