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Table 2 Structure and content components of nurse counseling in gynecologic oncology

From: Effectiveness, structure, and content of nurse counseling in gynecologic oncology: a systematic review

Structural main components Structural sub-components Studies containing each coded component Components with the best available evidence
Providera Non-APN without academic education [48]  
Non-APN with academic education [25, 42]
APN with academic education [26, 43, 44, 46]
Receiverb Patients [25, 26, 41,42,43,44,45,46,47,48]
Families [26, 43, 44, 47]
Time framec Before active treatment [45, 47]  
During active treatment [48]  
After active treatment [46]  
During and after active treatment [43, 44]
Before, during, and after active treatment [25, 26, 41, 42]
One-time consultation [45, 47]  
Repeated consultation [25, 26, 41,42,43,44, 46, 48]  
Short consultation [46]  
Long consultation [42, 47]  
Mode of deliveryd Face-to-face [26, 41, 45, 47, 48]  
Phone [46]  
Internet [25]
Face-to-face and phone [42,43,44]
Formate Individual counseling [25, 26, 41, 43,44,45,46,47,48]
Individual and group counseling [42]  
Settingf Clinic [42, 45, 47, 48]  
Clinic and home [26, 41, 43, 44]
Materials Symptom-assessment toolsg [25, 43, 44, 46]  
Symptom-management guidelinesh [25, 41, 43,44,45,46]  
Individual care plansi [25, 41, 43, 44]  
Leafletsj [26, 46,47,48]  
Videosk [45, 47]  
Concepts Structured counselingl [45, 48]  
Structured and tailored counselingm [25, 26, 41,42,43,44, 46, 47]
Interdisciplinary orientationn [25, 26, 43, 44, 46]  
Theoretical basiso [25, 42,43,44,45]  
Content main components Content sub-components Studies containing each coded component Components with the best available evidence
Disease Etiologyp [42, 46]  
Diagnostic proceduresq [46]  
Physical symptomsr [25, 42,43,44, 46]
Psychosocial symptomss [25, 41,42,43,44, 46]
Treatment Therapeutic procedurest [26, 42]  
Decision-makingu [43, 44]
Physical symptomsv [25, 42,43,44,45,46,47,48]
Psychosocial symptomsw [25, 26, 41,42,43,44, 46]
Symptom-managementx Symptom etiology [25, 26, 41, 43,44,45,46,47]
Symptom assessment [25, 43, 44, 47, 48]
Goal-setting and planning [25, 43, 44]
Symptom prevention [25, 26, 41,42,43,44, 47, 48]
Symptom treatment [25, 26, 41,42,43,44,45,46,47,48]
Evaluation and modification of symptom management strategies [25, 43, 44, 48]
Resourcesy Personal capabilities [25, 26, 42, 46]
Social network [26, 41,42,43,44, 46]
Healthcare services [25, 26, 42,43,44,45,46]
  1. aThe intervention provider, including specifications and educational background
  2. bPatients and families (partners, parents etc.) as intervention receivers
  3. cThe time points (before/during/after active treatment), frequency (one-time/repeated counseling), and duration of each counseling session (sessions up to 20 min were considered as short consultations and sessions exceeding these frames as long consultations)
  4. dThe interaction channel by which interventions are delivered to recipients
  5. eIndividual counseling is provided to patients and families, whereas group counseling is delivered to a group of patients
  6. fThe counseling location, including inpatient and outpatient clinics and patients’ homes
  7. gAny tools utilized by nurses or patients for symptom assessment
  8. hStandardized recommendations regarding symptom self-care
  9. iAny nursing plans regarding the care of individual patients
  10. jBooklets by official organizations (such as Cancer Aid) and information sheets prepared by healthcare providers
  11. kVideotapes shown or given to patients
  12. lThe intervention is delivered the same way for all recipients
  13. mThe intervention is adapted to the individual needs, priorities, and meanings of recipients
  14. nCounselors consider interdisciplinary requirements to solve patients’ problems, such as collaborative and coordinative activities
  15. oAny theoretical foundation of the counseling program (e.g., Orem’s self-care theory)
  16. pCauses of gynecological neoplasia
  17. qAny procedures used to diagnose gynecological neoplasia, including a discussion of diagnostic results
  18. rDisease-related physical symptoms
  19. sDisease-related psychosocial symptoms
  20. tAny medical therapy for gynecological neoplasia, such as surgery, chemotherapy, or radiotherapy
  21. uPatients’ decisions affecting subsequent treatment
  22. vTreatment-related physical symptoms
  23. wTreatment-related psychosocial symptoms
  24. xThe management of disease and treatment-related symptoms, including their causes, their assessment, goal-setting and subsequent planning of management strategies, prevention and treatment, as well as evaluation and modification of management strategies
  25. yAny resources of patients to cope with disease and treatment-related issues, including personal capabilities (such as personal strengths, financial resources), the social network (utilization and communication), and healthcare services (utilization and communication)