Andreas i Charalambous

Andreas i Charalambous
Cyprus University of Technology · Department of Nursing

PhD Oncology Nursing

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Introduction
A Randomized Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Study of the Effects of Lawsonia Inermis on Palmar-Plantar Erythrodysesthesia Induced by Capecitabine and/or Pegylated Liposomal Doxorubicin
Additional affiliations
December 2013 - present
University of Turku
Position
  • Professor
Description
  • Teaching as Docent (Associate Professor) on the PhD programme
January 2008 - present
Cyprus University of Technology
Position
  • Professor
February 2007 - May 2007
Middlesex University, UK
Position
  • Visiting Lecturer
Description
  • Given lecturers on Cancer and other chronic illnesses to Undergraduate and postgraduate students

Publications

Publications (209)
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Purpose. To systematically review clinical studies examining the effectiveness of nonpharmacological methods to prevent/minimize salivary gland damage due to radioiodine treatment of differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC). Methods. Reports on relevant trials were identified by searching the PubMed, CINHAL, Cochrane, and Scopus electronic databases...
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Objective: Patients receiving chemotherapy often experience many different symptoms that can be difficult to alleviate and ultimately negatively influence their quality of life. Such symptoms include pain, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and retching, anxiety and depression. There is a gap in the relevant literature on the effectiveness of cognitive-beh...
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Cancer patients receiving targeted therapies often develop persistent cutaneous adverse effects, such as papulopustular eruption (rash), xerosis cutis (dry skin), pruritus (itch), and hair and nail changes. These can be dose-limiting or a cause for therapy discontinuation but also can be wearing on patients, negatively influencing their self-image...
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Cancer related fatigue (CRF) is a common and debilitating symptom that can influence quality of life (QoL) in cancer patients. The increase in survival times stresses for a better understanding of how CRF affects patients’ QoL. This was a cross-sectional descriptive study with 148 randomly recruited prostate cancer patients aiming to explore CRF an...
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Cancer research is a crucial pillar for countries to deliver more affordable, higher quality, and more equitable cancer care. Patients treated in research-active hospitals have better outcomes than patients who are not treated in these settings. However, cancer in Europe is at a crossroads. Cancer was already a leading cause of premature death befo...
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Supporting spirituality is an essential aspect of the holistic nursing care of older people living with dementia. Spirituality is defined as a search for answers to questions about the meaning and purpose of life and the individual's relationship with the sacred or transcendent. This relationship may or may not involve an affiliation with a specifi...
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Introduction Engaging with patients and the public (consumers and community) enhances the relevance of cancer control developments; however, challenges remain to integrate into processes. Medical and other professional societies are well-positioned to foster and endorse best practice. Methods Between October and December 2021, the Multinational As...
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Purpose Evidence supports the role of prescribed exercise for cancer survivors, yet few are advised to exercise by a healthcare practitioner (HCP). We sought to investigate the gap between HCPs’ knowledge and practice from an international perspective. Methods An online questionnaire was administered to HCPs working in cancer care between February...
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Purpose To test whether Virtual Reality can benefit cancer patients from their interaction with an immersive environment, on their mood and their biophysical parameters, compared to those who will experience a Guided Imagery intervention. Methods This was a randomized crossover trial with 50 cancer patients on active chemotherapy treatment, who we...
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Purpose To evaluate the effectiveness of an educational program for cancer patients who developed pruritus, rash or photosensitivity induced by chemotherapy, EGFRI treatments, or immunotherapy. Method This study is a pilot randomized controlled study. The patients in the experimental pool were assigned to attend the educational program once weekly...
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Introduction: Losing a family member to suicide is a traumatic experience which included guilt and self-stigma. Yet, there is lack of data synthesis on survivors' experience. Aim: A meta-synthesis of qualitative data on the interpretation of loss in suicide-bereaved family members, their coping strategies and the effects on family. Method: A m...
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Background Evidence for effectiveness of nurse-led interventions FOR cancer-related symptoms is of variable quality. This study aimed to identify, appraise and evaluate the nature and effectiveness of nurse-led interventions on symptoms for people with cancer. Methods A systematic review and meta-analysis. Ten major databases were searched (2000 t...
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A focus group study was conducted to explore nurses’ perceptions of medication administration error associated factors in two medical wards of a tertiary hospital. Nurses were invited to participate in focus group discussions. Thematic analysis was employed and identified four themes: professional practice environment related factors, person-relate...
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Electronic patient-reported outcome (ePRO) applications promise great added value for improving symptom management and health-related quality of life. The aim of this narrative review is to describe the collection and use of ePROs for cancer survivorship care, with an emphasis on ePRO-symptom monitoring. It offers many different perspectives from r...
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Objective To describe the prevalence of polypharmacy and medication administration errors (MAEs) in adult inpatients and explore the association between polypharmacy and MAEs. Polypharmacy and MAEs are common phenomena in hospital settings. Different MAE contributing factors have been suggested by previous studies. Polypharmacy, however, is not alw...
Technical Report
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The objective of this document is to present in a synoptic way the design and the development of the Prolepsis Administrative Platform and the Mobile Application, and how it has been formed, configured and colored, in its essence, after the internal testing and more important, after pilot period and the improvements that the end users have indic...
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This handbook was developed with the project partner countries of Cyprus, Italy, Portugal and Greece and it´s oriented for educators working with informal and formal education and healthcare professionals working with women’s health promotion, on how to use the app in health-literacy reinforcement programmes targeting not only informal careg...
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Aims and objectives: The aim of this study was to discover the nature of the adverse events in Finnish long-term professional homecare reported by professionals, and to identify the circumstances in which adverse events occur and their consequences. Background: Adverse events are incidents causing unintended and unnecessary harm to older people...
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Background: Carers of people with dementia (PwD) undertake the role of supporting their relatives in everyday life and caring tasks, sometimes without adequate knowledge of the progression of the disease, practical advice and support mechanisms or services. This study aims to describe the Health Literacy (HL) and eHealth Literacy (eHL) profiles of...
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The 2021 EUROCALL conference engaged just under 250 speakers from 40 different countries. Cnam Paris and Sorbonne Université joined forces to host and organise the event despite the challenging context due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Originally programmed to be held on site in the heart of Paris, France, the EUROCALL organising team and executive com...
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Breast cancer (BC) early screening and detection is a main component for the outcome of the treatment and overall survival. Informal caregivers (ICGs) are less likely to initiate early BC screening methods and utilize health services. The purpose of this study was to explore ICGs’ knowledge and perceptions, including educational and training opport...
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Introduction The Anorexia–Cachexia Syndrome (ACS) is a severe complication of cancer and is considered to be a significant cause of morbidity and mortality affecting up to two-thirds of cancer patients and one that needs specialized nursing care. Studies showed that the ACS has been relatively under-researched and under-resourced whist the nurses’...
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Purpose: The aim of this study was to describe healthcare professionals’ (HCPs) perceptions of the support for family members (FMs) of palliative care cancer patients in specialist palliative inpatient units. Methods: A qualitative descriptive design was applied. The data were collected with focus group interviews and analysed with inductive conten...
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Objectives: This study aimed to record the type and frequency of errors, with an emphasis on omissions, during administration of medicines to inpatients and to investigate associated factors. Methods: This was a descriptive observational study. The medication process in 2 medical wards was observed by 2 observers using a structured observation f...
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Objectives The clinical assessment of radioiodine-induced sialadenitis is relied on the observer-defined toxicity grading model. However, this model has significant limitations, the major one being the lack of systematic assessment based on objective criteria. The main aim of this study was the development and testing of an assessment tool which co...
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Omissions in drug administration are considered preventable events that do reach the patient and have the capacity to cause or lead to inappropriate drug use or even patient harm. Therefore, exploring the nature and causes of omissions in drug administration is important for improving patient safety. This study aimed to record the type and frequenc...
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Background The Patient safety movement contributed to the reduction of preventable adverse events associated with health care. Although patient safety issues have received the attention of educators in the health care studies, there is evidence that in nursing education and the associated curricula it is not well-incorporated. This may not allow st...
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The European Cancer Organisation (E.C.O.) has published a consensus paper conveying the critical challenges for the cancer workforce in the context of implementing Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan. The four key challenges are described as: Resolving the difficulties caused by workforce shortages Reducing unnecessary barriers to professional mobility I...
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Health literacy (HL) and eHealth literacy (eHL) can facilitate carers of people with dementia (PwD) to search, find, assess and apply information related to dementia-specific issues from different resources. There is a lack of research with regard to HL and eHL among carers of PwD. The aim of this study is to identify the levels of HL and eHL among...
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Purpose Xerostomia is one of the multidimensional effects of cancer therapy that can impact on patients’ quality of life. This study aims to evaluate the reliability and validity properties of the xerostomia questionnaire. Methods The data were retrieved from a randomized, interventional and longitudinal follow-up study of 72 head and neck cancer...
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Patients with dementia (PwD) are characterized as a vulnerable group as they are unable to communicate their needs, putting them at risk for care omissions. The current study aimed to explore care toward PwD and detect if any aspects of care are omitted. An observation study was conducted in three medical-surgical adult wards of an acute general ho...
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Background Person-Centered Care is often seen as an indicator of quality of care. However, it is not known whether and to what extent person-centered care can be enhanced by continuing education interventions in older people’s long-term care settings. This systematic review aimed to analyze and synthesize the existing research literature about pers...
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Background and Purpose Oral mucositis is one of the most common treatment-induced adverse side effects in head and neck cancer patients. The purpose was to evaluate the reliability and validity of the Greek version of the Oral Mucositis Weekly Questionnaire-Head and Neck Cancer (OMWQ-HN). Methods The data were retrieved from 72 head and neck cance...
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Purpose Palmar-Plantar Erythrodysesthesia (PPE) is a dose-limiting adverse event that commonly occurs with capecitabine and Pegylated Liposomal Doxorubicin-PLD treatment. The study aimed to test the effectiveness of a Pyridoxine (B6) treatment protocol in the management of PPE in patients receiving treatment with capecitabine or pegylated liposomal...
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Purpose To test the effectiveness of henna in the management of PPE in patients receiving treatment with capecitabine or PLD. Method This was a randomized controlled feasibility study in three specialized tertiary cancer centers with 56 patients with a PPE grade 1 or above with various cancer diagnoses. The intervention included the local applicat...
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Aims and objectives To systematically review existing literature exploring supportive interventions for family members of very seriously ill patients in inpatient care. Background Being around a patient with a very serious illness in inpatient care setting is stressful and burdensome for family members. There is little information available on int...
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Background: The clinical assessment of radioiodine -induced sialadenitis is relied on the observer-defined toxicity grading model. However, this model has significant limitations, the major one being the lack of systematic assessment based on objective criteria. The main aim of this study was the development and testing of an assessment tool which...
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Introduction As the world population ages, glaucoma is becoming an increasingly significant cause of blindness. A key component in the management of glaucoma is the use of prescribed medications and the adherence to treatment. However, there is evidence of low adherence to prescribed medication in chronic diseases, such as glaucoma. This study aims...
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Purpose To investigate the effectiveness of different interventions for the prevention and treatment of EGFRI treatment-induced rash (EGFRIr) that appeared in the last decade, excluding antibiotics and cortisone products alone. Method A systematic review was performed in 2019 and was updated in 2020. The search strategy was limited to studies publ...
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Oncology nurses are at the heart of tackling the increasing global burden of cancer. Their contribution is unique because of the scale and the diversity of care roles and responsibilities in cancer care. In this Series paper, to celebrate the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, we highlight the contribution and impact of oncology nurses al...
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Cancer is the first or second leading cause of premature death (i.e., at ages 30-69 years) in 134 of 183 countries, and it ranks third or fourth in an additional 45 countries. An estimated 18.1 million new cancer cases and 9.6 million cancer-related deaths occurred worldwide in 2018. The incidence of cancer globally is expected to exceed 27 million...
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Purpose: In patient education, there is a need for valid and reliable instruments to assess and tailor empowering educational activities. In this study, we summarize the process of producing two parallel instruments for analyzing hospital patients' expectations (Expected Knowledge of Hospital Patients, EKhp) and received knowledge (Received Knowle...
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Background: There is currently no evidence of research priorities from nurses and allied health professionals working in the field of thoracic malignancies, which could provide strategic directions for funders, policy makers, and researchers. Objective: The aim of this study is to identify the priorities for lung cancer and other thoracic malign...
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Introduction: Breathlessness is the most common and refractory symptom in lung cancer patients. Even though various educational programmes have been developed, only a few were intended for implementation in the home setting for its management. Aim: Feasibility of a study for implementing a nurse-led educational programme for breathlessness manageme...
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In recent years, virtual reality (VR) has become an interesting alternative to traditional exposure-based therapies for many symptoms. VR involves immersion in a computer-generated virtual environment that minimizes avoidance and facilitates emotional processing. The objective of this systematic review is to evaluate evidence on the intervention ef...
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Greece has been malaria-free since 1974. In October 2011, following an outbreak of 36 locally acquired malaria (LAM) cases in Evrotas Municipality, a Pro-Active Case Detection (PACD) program for malaria was implemented among migrants from malaria-endemic countries, to support early diagnosis and treatment of cases. We evaluated the PACD program for...
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Objective of this study was to evaluate psychometrics of the EKhp and the RKhp with international data to enable international use of the instruments.
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Dyspnea or breathlessness is a symptom of a plethora of diseases; despite that its management poses a challenge, it leads to frequent hospitalizations and a poor quality of life. In lung cancer, dyspnea may appear at any time of the disease but mainly during the end-of-life period. This article aims to explore the effectiveness of home-based educat...
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Purpose The aim of this study was to test the effectiveness of relaxation techniques in altering the coping strategies that were employed by the parents of children with malignancy on active treatment. Methods It was a randomized non-blinded control trial, including pre - and post assessments, comparing a 3-week relaxation intervention with the st...
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As technology advances, Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) have been applied more and more widely. VR and AR are applied in the various healthcare facets including medical education and training, surgical simulation, neurological rehabilitation, psychotherapy, and telemedicine. Many research studies have provided the evidence that VR a...
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The pace at which the evolution of technology has occurred within the healthcare context has been unprecedented; however, it has the potential to improve care. The introduction of technological solutions across the care continuum has revolutionised the way care is delivered; however introducing technological solutions and innovations also introduce...
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The rise of technology has seen an instrumental increase in the field of healthcare across many clinical areas resulting in a change in the face of healthcare. Patient care technology has become increasingly complex, transforming the way healthcare care is conceptualised and delivered. As the future of healthcare is about the patient, there needs t...
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Decision-making is a process through which an alternative is selected among others relied on gathered information. In order to select this alternative, it should have a reasonable priority based on its weight. Within the context of everyday practice in healthcare, clinical decision-making holds a fundamental place. Decision-making occurs numerous t...
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This book discusses the current trends in nursing and healthcare in relation to the integration of information technological interventions across the care continuum. The use of such interventions in healthcare has increased rapidly in recent years, partly due to the rise in technological gadgets/applications used in daily routines (e.g. actigraphy...
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Background: As the population ages, many more people will be in need of long-term care. According to a recent report by Alzheimer's Disease International and the Karolinska Institute, 84% of people with dementia are cared for at home and 16% in nursing homes. Several Web-based interventions have been developed to assist the work of carers at home....
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Aim: The aim of this review was to examine the relevant health literature, to describe safety in the homes of older and older people's perceptions and understanding of their safety at home based on current literature. Background: Safety is a multifaceted, basic need of older people living at home. Many studies are hospital focused and few focus...
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Background The diagnosis of malignancy in a child is among the most intense stressors that a child and a parent can endure (Vrijmoet-Wiersman et al., 2008; Rabineau et al., 2008, Sulkers et al., 2015), due to its connection to death and to the fact that it is perceived as an incurable disease and as a source of intense pain (Woodgate & Degner, 2003...
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In recent years, the clinical context for cancer has changed, and it is now characterized by extended survival rates and more diverse and complex cancer trajectories and symptomatology. The changes in the landscape of cancer care also include a shift towards the home setting or the outpatient setting with an increased amount of care being delivered...
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Throughout the cancer continuum, patients are faced with the cancer- and treatment-related side effects that can have a negative impact on their overall quality of life. Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) and sleep deficiency are among the symptoms that patients and their caregivers most often experience. An increasing body of literature suggests that a...