Table 5

Patient-nominated Daily Routine Disruption Problems During and After Grade 4 Episodes of Chemotherapy-induced Neutropenia

Patient-nominated Daily Routine Disruption Problems

Frequency Per Interview (N = 100) n (%)

Frequency Per Patient (N = 34) n (%)


Loss of daily routine ("Cannot live life like I used to")

42 (42%)

19 (56%)

Unable to engage in normal physical activities

39 (39%)

19 (56%)

Difficulties with household activities (eg cooking)

34 (34%)

19 (56%)

Unable to work like before

27 (27%)

13 (38%)

Laying around more and napping

25 (22%)

18 (53%)

Unable to engage in normal non-physical hobbies

23 (23%)

16 (47%)

Unable to attend religious services

21 (21%)

12 (35%)

Difficulties with childcare

9 (9%)

6 (18 %)


Note: Thirty-four patients completed 100 interviews with each patient contributing between 1 and 4 interviews. To be included in the table, the complaint had to have been nominated within at least 5% of the interviews.

Fortner et al. BMC Nursing 2005 4:4   doi:10.1186/1472-6955-4-4

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