Linda Edwards Hood

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PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES To explore virtual reality (VR) as a distraction intervention to relieve symptom distress in adults receiving chemotherapy treatments for breast, colon, and lung cancer. DESIGN Crossover design in which participants served as their own control. SETTING Outpatient clinic at a comprehensive cancer center in the southeastern United(More)
Notebook-style computers (e/Tablets) are increasingly replacing paper methods for collecting patient-reported information. Discrepancies in data between these methods have been found in oncology for sexuality-related questions. A study was performed to formulate hypotheses regarding causes for discrepant responses and to analyze whether electronic data(More)
Programmed, notebook-style, personal computers ("e/Tablets") can collect symptom and quality-of-life (QOL) data at the point of care. Patients use an e/Tablet in the clinic waiting area to complete electronic surveys. Information then travels wirelessly to a server, which generates a real-time report for use during the clinical visit. The objective of this(More)
Cancer-related fatigue has a significant impact on patients' physical and psychosocial functioning, symptom distress, and quality of life, yet it remains under-recognized and undertreated. The Oncology Nursing Society's Putting Evidence Into Practice initiative sought to improve patient outcomes relative to this important problem by critically examining and(More)
Not only is the U.S. populace aging, but the incidence of cancer in the elderly also is increasing. Many elderly patients with cancer can obtain the same benefits from standard chemotherapy as younger patients can, but the elderly are more susceptible to the myelotoxicity of chemotherapy, which can limit the dose intensity of their treatments. Nurses can(More)
Limited information about fatigue patterns in patients with cancer exists in the biotherapy literature. When fatigue is mentioned, it is usually to state whether or not it was a dose-limiting side effect. No further data are provided on how fatigue was measured; which patterns were noted and when; and which relationships were found between fatigue and(More)
BACKGROUND Heightened distress at the time of a loved one's lung cancer diagnosis may motivate relatives to quit smoking or could undermine cessation. METHODS Relatives of new lung cancer patients at Duke were surveyed by telephone to assess diagnosis-related depression, distress, and motivation for smoking cessation. RESULTS Relatives who reported(More)
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