Patient experiences with oral mucositis caused by chemo-/radiotherapy: a critical qualitative literature review.

Zanolin, Daniela; Widmer, Christine; Panfil, Eva-Maria (2014). Patient experiences with oral mucositis caused by chemo-/radiotherapy: a critical qualitative literature review. Nursing Reports, 4(1), pp. 7-11. 10.4081/nursrep.2014.3647

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Mucositis is one of the most common side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. In order to develop an evidence-based clinical practice guideline for the management of tumor therapy-induced-oral mucositis, it was neces- sary to capture the patients’ perspective. Therefore the aim of this critical literature review was to explore the experience of patients with therapy-induced-oral mucositis. Searches were carried out using a systematic search strategy in CINAHL and Medline. Qualitative studies investigating the view of cancer patients receiving chemotherapy and/or radio- therapy and suffering from oral mucositis were included. Study selection and quality assess- ment were performed by two independent reviewers. Only two qualitative studies (n=28 patients) met the inclusion criteria. Oral mucositis caused by cancer therapy is associat- ed with serious complications concerning pain, eating, swallowing, speaking, sadness, lack of energy, and distress. Mucositis was described as the worst side effect of cancer therapy. Providing patient-centered care requires under- standing the experience and the needs of patients and their families. Mucositis is associ- ated with complex physical, psychological and social consequences. Unfortunately, both stud- ies were performed in different cultural back- grounds and health care systems, so the results cannot simply be transferred to German-speak- ing countries. Further research is needed to gain a deeper understanding of living with mucositis.

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School of Health Professions


Zanolin, Daniela;
Widmer, Christine and
Panfil, Eva-Maria






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31 Jan 2020 13:03

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