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:: Volume 22, Issue 1 (1-2024) ::
Int J Radiat Res 2024, 22(1): 23-26 Back to browse issues page
Radiation oncology knowledge levels among nurses working in oncological branches
T. Koca , Y. Sengun , R. Atil Aksoy , E. Atak , F. Kartoz , A. Fidan Korcum
Department of Radiation Oncology, Akdeniz University School of Medicine Antalya, Turkey , timurkoca3@gmail.com
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Background: The objective of the present study is to evaluate the radiation oncology knowledge level among nurses working in oncological branches. Materials and Methods: A questionnaire inquiring about the radiation oncology knowledge level of nurses was developed and applied. Participants were composed of nurses working in oncology-related branches in a University Hospital. Fifty-eight nurses participated in the survey and answers were analyzed. Results: The vast majority of nurses (93.2%) stated that their knowledge about radiation oncology was inadequate. Furthermore, nurses with work experience of 12 years and more, who were defined as an experienced group, gave statistically significantly better answers to the three questions which were about the curative indications of radiotherapy (p=0.001), its use in oncological emergencies (p=0.01), and radiotherapy equipment (p=0.01). Conclusions: Nurses from different oncological branches will come across with many patients receiving radiotherapy during the course of their professional life. It is of great significance for nurses to be aware of the general aspects and side effects of radiation therapy as one of the main modalities in oncology. It must be considered to create both graduate and post-graduate education programs about radiation oncology to increase the exposure among nurses.
Keywords: Oncology nursing, radiotherapy, knowledge level.
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Type of Study: Original Research | Subject: Radiation Biology
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Koca T, Sengun Y, Atil Aksoy R, Atak E, Kartoz F, Fidan Korcum A. Radiation oncology knowledge levels among nurses working in oncological branches. Int J Radiat Res 2024; 22 (1) :23-26
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