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Improving oncology nurses’ knowledge, self-confidence, and self-efficacy in nutritional assessment and counseling for patients with cancer: A quasi-experimental design
- Sharour, Loai Abu
- Nutrition 2019 v.62 pp. 131-134
- diet counseling, education programs, neoplasms, nurses, nutrition assessment, patients, professional education, self-efficacy
- Our objective was to assess the effectiveness of a structured educational program on improving oncology nurses’ knowledge, self-confidence, and self-efficacy in nutritional assessment and counseling for patients with cancer.A pretest–posttest quasi-experimental design was used. A sample of 60 nurses from oncology units participated as an experimental group (n = 30) and a control group (n = 30). The participants completed a knowledge test before completing the educational program. Self-confidence and self-efficacy also were assessed pre- and postintervention.There was a significant difference between the experimental (mean [M] = 26.00, SD = 8.00) and control (M = 10.00, SD = 3.75) groups regarding knowledge after the interventional sessions (t = –16.00, P = 0.001). Furthermore, the results indicated a significant difference (t = –24.00, P = 0.001) between the experimental group (M = 60.50, SD = 13.10) and the control group (M = 36.50, SD = 7.60) regarding self- confidence in managing cancer patients. Finally, there was a significant difference between the experimental group (M = 33.50, SD = 3.10) and control group (M = 23.25, SD = 2.75) regarding self-efficacy (t = –10.25, P = 0.001).The educational program improved the oncology nurses’ knowledge, self-confidence, and self-efficacy in relation to nutritional assessment and counseling. Improving nurses’ competencies will improve the quality of care provided to the patients and patient health outcomes.