Essay on Demographics and Data Collection Methodology

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Reading Research Literature #3 – Week 6
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Title: RRL#3
Name: Jennifer Shrader
The following questions pertain to: McMillan, S. C., & Small, B. J. (2007). Using the COPE intervention for family caregivers to improve symptoms of hospice homecare patients. Oncology Nursing Forum, 34(2), 313-21. 1) Describe the data collection methodology. What instruments were used? Within 24-48 hours after hospice admission,
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To ensure that questionnaires were answered completely, data collectors were instructed to review each form as the patient completed it and gently point out any omissions. The RA HHA and RA data collector nurses exchanged forms before leaving the home and checked one another’s forms to ensure that no data were omitted.

3) What limitations did the authors face in data collection? How could these have been lessened or minimized? A limitation of the study is that the protocol as funded did not involve auditing the behaviors of caregivers to determine whether their symptom management changed and whether any changes that were made were appropriate and effective. Patients who were admitted to the hospice often were too ill to participate in the study, and despite careful screening, those who did participate were likely to die before all data were collected. Starting the study with patients just prior to their hospice admission could minimize the loss of patients during the data collection. Questioning the caregivers about their symptom management strategies at the initial interview and during follow ups can lessen the chance that caregivers changed their symptom management strategies unknowingly to the researchers.

4) What demographic information was reported? On average, the hospice patients were aged approximately 70 and mostly male and had a high school education, PPS
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