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Nursing Adults with Complex Needs

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Nursing Adults with Complex Needs
Chronically ill adults’ educational needs on self-medication
The patient chosen for this essay is a sixty year old man. This patient was one of the palliative care patients that the team of district nurses I was allocated to work with in my community placement care for. The patient has terminal liver cancer. The patient lives with his wife whom is his main carer. The district nurses had to visit him every day of the week. The patient had a syringe driver on situ which needed to be filled with a new dose of medication every 24 hours. Also the extension set needed to be changed to the other side of the patient’s body when the side it was on became sore. The main care needs for the patient were to
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Shishani (2004) selected a quantitative method for his research study. Quantitative research is often identified with the traditional scientific method that gather data objectively in an organized manner so findings can be generalized to other situations/populations (Burns&Groves,2001). According with Denscombe (2003) because it uses numbers and can present findings in the form of graphs and table, it conveys a sense of objective research. Therefore the researcher needed to devote time and considerable skill to statistical analysis and to produce appropriate tables and graphs to represent the results. The use of this method in Shishani (2004) seemed appropriate with the purpose of the study. Shishani (2008) stated at the beginning of the study that it results maybe relevant also to non- Arab countries as medication use is a global concern. Also quantitative research is more appropriate when the problem involves a limited set of variables (Colquhoun, 1994). In his study Shishani (2008) included a dependent variable, information needed about the appropriate self-medication of prescribed medications and an independent variable, used to explain or predict the outcome of interest, knowledge of medications: name, dose, frequency, benefits, side effects, and management of side effects. Other variables that have an influenced in this study results are chronic illnesses, medications, and demographic characteristics
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