Patient Experience of an 18F-FDG-PET/CT Examination:: Need for Improvements in Patient Care
2015 (English)In: Journal of Radiology Nursing, ISSN 1546-0843, Vol. 34, no 2, 100-108 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aims of this study were to investigate the patients' knowledge about and experience of an 18F-fluoro-deoxy-glucose (FDG)-positron emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT) examination and to investigate the self-reported feelings of stress, level of physical activity, and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and to find out if this was related to how they experienced the examination. A cross-sectional survey was used to collect information on 198 patients with known or suspected malignancy. As many as 32% to 63% were satisfied with the nursing staff, the communication, and the professional skills. Most patients did not know beforehand what an FDG-PET/CT examination was. The HRQoL, level of perceived stress, and physical activity were relatively low. A better HRQoL, lower level of perceived stress, and a higher level of physical activity were correlated to a more positive experience and higher education to more knowledge about the examination (p < .01–.05). The information before the examination needs to be improved. The results may be used to improve patient care and optimize imaging procedures.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2015. Vol. 34, no 2, 100-108 p.
Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-254492DOI: 10.1016/j.jradnu.2014.11.008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-254492DiVA: diva2:818461