Evidence Matrix

Evidence Matrix

 

Authors Journal Name/WGU Library Year of Publication Research Design Sample Size Outcome Variables Measured Level (I-III) Quality (A, B, C) Results/ Author’s Suggested Conclusions
Ng et al. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 2018 Randomized control trial 84 patients (43 in intervention group and 41 in control group) Primary outcome was quality of life. Secondary outcome was patient’s perception concerning: fatigue, dyspnea, emotional status and mastery. 1 A The study showed that within the intervention group there was significant enhancement in quality of life for physical, psychosocial and existential aspects of patients.
Fischer et al. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 2015 Randomized control trial 64 patients (32 in intervention group and 32 in control group) Outcomes measured were from secondary sources: advanced care planning, documentation of pain management discussions and hospice utilization 1 B Study found that those patients in the intervention group had increased rates of DPOA enrollment, pain management and longer stay in hospice care.
Frey et al. Progress in Palliative Care 2015 non-experimental study 431 clinical staff members Work environment characteristics and psychological factor could predict willingness to engage in palliative care education. 3 B Their is a decrease in likelihood of palliative care education engagement as caregiver burnout increases.
Holm et al. Psycho-Oncology 2016 Randomized control trial 270 family caregivers (122 in control group and 148 in intervention group) Preparedness for caregiving (primary outcome) and competence and reward in caregiving will increase, self perceived health preserved and feelings of burden, anxiety and depression decrease (secondary outcome) 1 A Short psycho-educational intervention for family caregivers led to a small, but significant increase in their preparedness for caregiving.
Vuksanovic et al. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 2017 Randomized control trial 70 patients (23 in Intervention group (DT), 23 in control group (LR) and 24 within a secondary control group which receives intervention after 10 days (WC)) Three outcomes: The Brief measure of Generativity and Ego-Integrity, Patient Dignity Inventory, and perceived quality of life 1 A Dignity Therapy (DT) was found to have a positive impact of generativity and ego-integrity but showed no detectable change in the perceived quality of life between DT and LR.

 

 

 

Evidence Matrix

 

 

Authors

 

Journal

Name/WGU

Library

 

Year of

Publicat

ion

 

Research Design

 

Sample Size

 

Outcome

Variables

Measured

 

Level (I

III)

 

Quality (A, B,

C)

 

Results/

Author’s

Suggested

Conclusions

 

Ng et al.

 

Journal of Pain

and Symptom

Management

 

2018

 

Randomized control

trial

 

84 patients (43

in intervention

group and 41

in control

group)

 

Primary outcome

was quality of life.

Secondary

outcome was

patient’s

perception

concerning:

fatigue, dyspnea,

emotional status

and mastery.

 

1

 

A

 

The study showed

that w

ithin the

intervention group

there was

significant

enhancement in

quality of life for

physical,

psychosocial and

existential aspects

of patients.

 

Fischer et al.

 

Journal of Pain

and Symptom

Management

 

2015

 

Randomized control

trial

 

64 patients (32

in intervention

group and 32

in control

group)

 

Outcomes

measured were

from secondary

sources: advanced

care planning,

documentation of

pain management

discussions and

hospice utilization

 

1

 

B

 

Study found that

those patients in

the interventi

on

group had

increased rates of

DPOA enrollment,

pain management

and longer stay in

hospice care.

 

Frey et al.

 

Progress in

Palliative Care

 

2015

 

non

experimental

study

 

431 clinical

staff members

 

Work environment

characteristics and

psychological

factor could

predict willingness

to engage in

palliative care

education.

 

3

 

B

 

Their is a decrease

in likelihood of

palliative care

education

engagement as

caregiver burnout

increases.

 

Holm et al.

 

Psycho

Oncology

 

2016

 

Randomized control

trial

 

270 family

caregivers (122

in control

group and 148

in intervention

group)

 

Preparedness for

caregiving

(primary outcome)

and competence

and reward in

caregiving will

increase, self

perceived health

1

 

A

 

Short psycho

educational

intervention for

f

amily caregivers

led to a small, but

significant increase

in their

preparedness for

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