Table 8

Patient-nominated Social Relationship Changes During and After Grade 4 Episodes of Chemotherapy-induced Neutropenia

Patient-nominated Social Relationship Changes

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

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


Decreased social contacts and activity

38 (38%)

20 (59%)

Avoiding crowds

17 (17%)

11 (32%)

Other people getting on my nerves

10 (10%)

8 (24%)

Feeling lonely and isolated

6 (6%)

6 (18%)

Withdrawing and keeping to myself

6 (6%)

4 (12%)


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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