publication . Other literature type . Article . 2019

Occurrence of claustrophobia in patients undergoing radiotherapy that require an immobilization mask

Nena Galunič; Barbara Petrovič; Andreja Cirila Škufca Smrdel; Valerija Žager Marciuš;
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  • Published: 26 Feb 2019
  • Publisher: Onkologija : a medical-scientific journal
Abstract
Introduction: Radiotherapy is one of the more efficient methods of treating cancer. During preparation for radiation therapy, certain patients are fitted with an immobilization mask. This can cause feelings of anxiety or claustrophobia. Purpose: The aim of the study was to evaluate the portion of radiographers that had met with claustrophobia in patients due to the use of an immobilization mask, as well as to investigate measures for reducing said claustrophobia. Methods: In a cross-sectional survey, a questionnaire as a metric instrument was used. The participants were radiographers who worked with patients with immobilization masks, either during preparation f...
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free text keywords: radiotherapy, immobilization mask, anxiety, claustrophobia, lcsh:Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology. Including cancer and carcinogens, lcsh:RC254-282
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