Essay on Quantitative Article Critique

3572 Words Feb 19th, 2015 15 Pages
Critique of Colella & Gejerman’s Study “Survivorship Health Information Counseling for Patients with Prostate Cancer” Laura Laughbaum, SN Lake Superior State University

Abstract
This paper is an academic critique of an article written by Colella and Gejerman (2013) titled: “Survivorship Health Information Counseling for Patients with Prostate Cancer.” The authors undertook a research study to examine whether specialized discharge education counseling increased prostate cancer patients satisfaction with their care and education related to their chronic health problems after radiation therapy. My examination systematically focuses on specific aspects of the article in terms
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The authors articulate their recognition of the fact that educating must be focused around cancer patients needs not just during cancer treatment but afterwards as well. Their research itself is based on exploring the possibility that patient satisfaction in their care is increased by survivorship counseling based specifically on the needs of prostate cancer survivors when compared with the satisfaction shown with general discharge education.
Problem
Colella & Gejerman’s (2013) study problem is clearly introduced in the beginning paragraph of this article which stated that cancer survivorship care and education are overlooked by health care providers in the cancer care continuum, leading to patient dissatisfaction in their care (Colella & Gejerman, 2013). The problem is thoroughly explained by a descriptive statement on the background of the problem which offered numerous statistics on the scope of the problem, namely, the prevalence of prostate cancer and rates of survival. Consequences of the problem that prostate cancer patients face after therapy such as urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction as well as care dissatisfaction were summarized. Multiple citations supporting these statistics and implications were provided. Of particular importance to the authors is the fact that although eighty-percent of cancer patients seek survivorship health counseling, only twenty-percent actually receive information about chronic the health

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