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Oncol Nurs Forum. 2006 Nov 27;33(6):1085-90; quiz 1091-3.

The importance of assessment rating scales for chemotherapy-induced oral mucositis.

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William Beaumont Hospital, Troy, MI, USA. jaroneskil@macomb.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES:

To review the literature related to chemotherapy-induced oral mucositis and highlight four empirically supported oral mucositis rating scales that oncology nurses can use.

DATA SOURCES:

CINAHL and MEDLINE databases, published articles, and supplemental publications.

DATA SYNTHESIS:

Various oral mucositis rating scales have been developed; however, a lack of consensus exists regarding their use in clinical practice.

CONCLUSIONS:

To date, standards of practice for the assessment of oral mucositis do not exist, yet clinical measures are necessary for oncology nurses to manage the side effect effectively. The selection of a valid and reliable rating tool is necessary for routine oral assessment and for facilitating optimal patient outcomes related to oral mucositis.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING:

Knowing patient risk factors and the circumstances that exacerbate oral mucositis are keys to performing quality oral assessments. Oncology nurses should make performing oral assessments with a valid and reliable rating scale a priority. Further research regarding oral mucositis rating scales is needed.

PMID:
17149392
DOI:
10.1188/06.ONF.1085-1093
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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