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Table 2 Nurse-based survey: nurses’ perceptions on nursing processes

From: Current nursing practice for patients on oral chemotherapy: a multicenter survey in Japan

  Yes No
  n % n %
New patients on oral chemotherapy     
Medication Schedule     
1. Do you confirm the understanding of new patients by letting them explain their medication schedule to you? 40 64.5 22 35.5
Education     
2. If the patient does not fully understand the medication protocol, do you give them information about the medication? 58 93.5 4 6.5
Side Effects     
3. Do you check whether the patient understands common side effects? 51 82.3 11 17.7
Emergency Contact     
4. Do you check whether the patient knows the emergency contact? 56 90.3 6 9.7
Management of Side Effects     
5. Do you talk about practical coping methods for side effects with the patient? 58 93.5 4 6.5
Barriers to Adherence (Physical)     
6. Do you ask the patient about physical symptoms (e.g., feeling of numbness in hands/legs) as barriers to taking the medication? 56 90.3 6 9.7
Patient Confidence in Medication Management     
7. Do you ask the patient how confident they are about managing their medication? 19 30.6 43 69.4
Balance Between Treatment and Daily Life Activities     
8. Do you talk to the patient about potential barriers to achieving balance between treatment and daily activities? 39 62.9 23 37.1
Support     
9. Do you offer support to the patient to encourage him/her or to ease anxiety? 58 93.5 4 6.5
Family/Friend Support     
10. Do you ask the patient whether he/she has a supportive family/friend? 58 93.5 4 6.5
Financial Burden     
11. Do you ask the patient whether he/she feels financially burdened? 43 69.4 19 30.6
Social Resources     
12. Do you provide information on social resources to the patient if financial problems are a barrier to treatment? 53 85.5 9 14.5
Patient Understanding     
13. Do you ask the patient about his/her understanding of oral chemotherapy (e.g., effectiveness and preference)? 36 58.1 26 41.9
Patients with Refilled Prescriptions
Patient's Knowledge     
1. Do you ask the patient about how he/she currently manages his/her medication schedule? 44 71.0 18 29.0
Skipping     
2. Do you ask the patient whether he/she ever skips a dose of his/her oral anticancer medication? 55 88.7 7 11.3
Non-compliance     
3. Do you ask the patient whether he/she has unused medicines? 40 64.5 22 35.5
Reasons for Non-compliance     
4. Do you ask the patient about his/her reasons for not following the physician's instructions? 52 83.9 10 16.1
Support for Resolution     
5. Do you talk about problem-solving methods in regards to medication management? 46 74.2 16 25.8
Report of Skipping to Healthcare Professionals     
6. Do you ask the patient whether he/she tells his/her healthcare providers when he/she skips a dose of medicine? 48 77.4 14 22.6
Support for Management of Side Effects     
7. Do you provide the patient with further advice about coping methods for side effects? 47 75.8 15 24.2
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