Care Technologies in Nursing for People with Colorectal Neoplasia: Integrative Review


Objective: Identifying in the literature the care technologies used by nurses for people with colorectal neoplasia on Nietzsche’s conceptual perspective. Method: It consists in an integrative review of the literature held in the database: Latin-American Literature and Caribbean in medical health sciences Literature Analysis and Retrieval System Online, Database in Nursing, US National Library of Medicine, Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature, Scopus Info Site and Web of Science in December 2015. Results: 28 articles were selected to compose the final sample of this review, which were analyzed and categorized in management technology (86.20%), assistance technology (20.68%) and educational technology (10.34%). Studies published in the last five years have predominated (62.06%), in international territory (82.75%) and with evidence level IV (44.82%). Conclusion: Today the growth on the production about this theme has been highlighted, but there is an important discrepancy between the researches with high and low level of scientific evidence, showing the need of more studies about technologies that strengthen the experience of nursing.

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Antunes de Araújo, A. , Rodrigues Feijão, A. , de Medeiros, L. , Costa Medeiros, M. , Carias Maia, A. , Carvalho Lira, A. and Costa Assunção, I. (2016) Care Technologies in Nursing for People with Colorectal Neoplasia: Integrative Review. Open Journal of Nursing, 6, 610-619. doi: 10.4236/ojn.2016.68065.

Received 3 June 2016; accepted 27 August 2016; published 30 August 2016

1. Introduction

Nursing has achieved, in the last decades, a growth and transformation of its work process. This way, it led to an incorporation of new technologies and expansion of the possibilities on the fields of work. This process is complex and leads to new demands for the job, that generates the need of constant theoretical-practical update on the part of the nurses [1] .

Working with nursing involves the constant use of technologies from the specific knowledge of the profession. Such technologies are a result of a process made from the daily experience and results of researches, seeking the development of scientific expertise to the idealization of material products, or not, that generates interventions in a determined practical situation [1] [2] .

According to Nietzsche, the concept of Technology is understood as a result of implemented cases from the daily experience and research, to the development of a scientific knowledge set for the creation of material products, or not, with the goal to provoke interventions on a determined practical situation. All this process must be systematically evaluated and controlled [3] .

Care technologies are classified by Nietzsche in educational: “systematic set of scientific expertise that make it possible the planning, execution, control and monitoring involving all the educational process”, assistance: “construction of a technical-scientific knowledge that is a result of investigations, application of theories and the daily experience of the professional and the clientele, constituting, therefore, in a set of systematic, processual and instrumental actions to the delivery of a qualified assistance to the human being in all dimensions”; and, finally, managerial: “systematic process and documented theoretical-practical actions (planning, execution and evaluation), used in the management of the assistance and health services, to intervene on the professional practical context, seeking an improvement of its quality” [3] .

According to global estimates, the colorectal cancer is the third most common type among men, and the second among women, being those the ones that affect some portion of the large intestine and the rectum. In Brazil, it is estimated that between 2016 and 2017 it will appear approximately 34,280 thousands new cases of this type of cancer.

Among the risk factors to the development of this tumor stand out the age above 50 years, familial history, obesity, low consumption of calcium, sedentary lifestyle, inadequate food habits, especially the excessive consumption of meat, and inflammatory diseases of the intestine [4] [5] .

The treatment of colorectal cancer encompasses chemotherapy and/or surgery and brings consequences to the psychological, social and physical domains of the individual, in addition to affecting his quality of life due to changes on the lifestyle, the confrontation of the stigma around the cancer. These are factors which require from the nursing a specialized care to this clientele [6] [7] .

In this meantime, it’s indispensable that the nursing develops proper technologies directed to the individual with colorectal cancer that approach all the complexity of the care that he needs since the diagnostic of the disease, passing through all his treatment, until the post-treatment interventions [8] [9] .

From what is exposed, the objective of this study was to identify in the literature the care technologies used by nurses, from the Nietzsche’s theoretical reference to people with colorectal neoplasia [2] .

2. Methodology

It consists in an integrative review of the literature, method that makes it possible a broad understanding about a determined subject and to identify the gaps of knowledge [10] . As the guiding question the study had: “What are the nursing technologies used in the care of people with colorectal neoplasia?”

To carry out this research, the following stages were made: identification of the problem, establishment of conditions to inclusion and exclusion of studies (sample selection), definition of the data that will be acquired from the selected studies, analysis of the selected studies, interpretation of the results and display of the review [11] .

The data gathering was performed during the month of January 2016, covering articles in complete text format. The inclusion condition taken was: electronically complete available articles, about the studied theme; Portuguese, Spanish and English published articles. The excluded ones were editorials, reflection articles, letters, opinion articles, book chapters, theses, dissertations, sneak preview notes and manuals.

The search was made based on the following database: Latin-American and Caribbean in medical health sciences Literature (LILACS) Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System Online (Medline), database on nursing (BDENF), US National Library of Medicine (PUBMED), Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), Scopus Info Site (SCOPUS) and Web of Science, using Desc/MeSH descriptors. Chart 1 quantitatively details the steps of the study to acquire the final sample.

Chart 1. Strategy of search and number of articles found in the database.

Source: Data from the research, 2016.

The search on the database was performed separately, by two researchers, being the disagreements between the results solved by common understanding among them.

To the selection of the studies, the PRISMA recommendations were used as shown in Figure 1 [12] . During the data collection there were excluded studies because they did not gave the proper answer to the guiding question and the ones duplicated in the database were also excluded.

During the evaluation and categorization of the studies, the authors created an instrument, to obtain the information of the studies. This had: identification of the articles, objectives of the study, methodological design, participants, results, difficulties/limitations, conclusions and implications to the Nursing pointed out by the researchers, and the technology in Nursing used.

To analyze the level of evidence, the Institute Joanna Briggs parameter was used, which classifies the studies in four levels of scientific evidence, being: “Level I: Randomized evidence; Level II: Evidence obtained from at least one controlled randomized clinical trial; Level III.1: Evidence obtained from well-planned controlled clinical trials, without randomization; Level III.2: Evidence obtained from well-planned cohort studies or case-con- trol, analytical studies, preferably of one more center or research group; Level III.3: Evidence obtained from multiple temporal series, with or without intervention and dramatic results in non-controlled experiments; Level IV: Statement of respected authorities, based on the clinical conditions and experience, descriptive studies or reports of a committee of experts [13] .

The descriptive presentation was chosen along with its discussions, seeking a better appreciation.

3. Results and Discussion

Among the 28 selected articles to the sample that had technologies about the care in nursing, 10 were selected in the database MEDLINE, 5 in the LILACS, nine in the CINAHL and four in the PUBMED.

About the year of publication, it’s possible to see that most of the publications were between 2011 and 2015 (62.06%). It’s possible to see that most of the analyzed studies (82.75%) were published in international journals and 57.1% in journal of the Nursing field.

Although there were studies found in Brazil (17.5%), being those in the South and Southwest regions of the country, the studies included countries of the American, Asiatic, European and Oceania continents, reflex of the globalization of the disease and relevance in its study.

About the level of evidence, 44.82% of the studies, being descriptive studies or with a qualitative approach, were classified with level IV; 24.13% for representing the well-planned cohort studies or case-control, and analytical studies were classified with level of evidence III.2. And 20.68% as it’s about randomized clinical trials were classified with level of evidence II [14] .

The results of the studies were grouped in three categories based on the approached technology. Most of the studies (86.20%) were about the management technologies; followed by the researches that were about the assistance technologies (20.68%); and just three articles (10.34%) came as a result of researchin the educational care technologies.

It’s important to highlight that one technology can be used to the analysis or improvement of another

Figure 1. Flowchart of the selection of the articles for the integrative review of the literature, made from the PRISMA recommendations [12] .

technology and they complement each other. The analysis of the technologies was made considering the planning of the studies and their results, which are shown in Table 1.

Technologies are taken as a “set of systematized theoretical-practical actions used on the management of the care and health services” [1] [2] . The studies that approached this kind of technology investigated the ways of evaluation of the care, the perception of the individuals about the disease, the health services and other aspects to generate information that led to an improvement to the care and the services performed for them.

Five studies measured the quality of life of the patient with colorectal cancer, some approaching the treatment or the specific outcome of the disease, with the goal of planning and management of the assistance performed to the patients in a way to increase their quality of life, in addition to promote better post advising [14] - [17] .

Studies about the quality of life are becoming common between the nurses all around the world and it’s because most part of the clients assisted by the nursing team suffers from chronical affections or long treatment, where the cure is not always a possibility, but a healthy quality of life must be sought and developed. Nurses of Hong Kong highlight studies of this kind, which map the degrees of quality of life, help the professionals to identify people at risk of suffering a reduction on the quality of life and projection and also to plan interventions of appropriate care to improve their quality of life [18] .

In addition, one of the main surgical treatments of colorectal neoplasia is undergoing an intestinal ostomy, a procedure that brings countless physical and psychological consequences, like a shift in the elimination of stool, body image disorder, sexual dysfunction, depression, social isolation, among other factors that affect directly on

Table 1. Distribution of the studies in relation to the management technologies used on the care of the people with colorectal neoplasia.

the quality of life of those people. The Nursing acts intervening at different stages of this process, taking care to improve the quality of life and self-care [18] .

Four studies brought evaluations of the satisfaction of patients in relation to the health services, their perceptions about the relationship with the professionals and the monitoring over phone made by nurses to the patients that are not in outpatient/hospital treatment anymore [19] - [22] . The satisfaction of the patient is shown as an indicator of the quality of the health assistance performed by the institution and receives positive influence of factors like the absence of lucrative intention of the hospital, localization in urban environment, teaching hospital, more numbers of nurses, lower readmission and mortality perioperative rates [23] .

As it was said, the nurses have an essential role on the health services relative to the management of the services and the care of the nursing team, studies about the evaluation of the satisfaction in these cares are relevant to direct and propose changes in a way to strengthen the reach of the results [24] .

One study evaluated the knowledge of the professionals about the risks and benefits of the weight management in patients with colorectal neoplasia. Studies of systematic review with meta-analysis including data of countries from North America, Europe and Oceania reinforce the association between the weight gain in adult, young or advanced ages, to both genders on the development of the colorectal cancer [25] .

Four studies traced the profile of the patients, being the investigation about the physical, psychological and social needs of this clientele, in addition to the feeling and life habits of patients with colorectal neoplasia and their relatives related to the stages experienced during the diagnostic and treatment, with the objective of supporting subsequent interventions of the nursing team [26] - [29] .

Unfavorable socioeconomic characteristics like low income, non-ideal residence, exposure to atmospheric pollution in heavily industrialized fields, normally are connected to risky behavior like unbalanced diets, use of alcohol and tobacco, sedentary lifestyle. Beyond that, these populations are normally inserted in the informal labor market or in unhealthy conditions, which ends bringing higher occupational risks (accidents, professional diseases) and precarious home conditions. Associated to all these aggravating circumstances, there is also the difficulty to access health services. All of those factors increase the risk of developing diseases and makes it difficult the detection and appropriate treatment of them [30] - [32] .

One study evaluated the influence of the socio-cultural and gender factors and their extension at the decision about the tracking of colorectal neoplasia [33] . The tracking program, or patient navigation program, seems to have a positive effect over time by accelerating the diagnostic after four months of follow-up, being, therefore, an important strategy in the early care of this type of cancer [34] .

One study developed a strategy of screening to detect an early colorectal cancer for subsequent implementation of clinical protocols and educative activities [35] . And five studies approached an evaluation of measure instruments, assistance plans and care strategies to this clientele. One study even compared two different surgical approaches in relation to the costs of the nursing assistance to the bearer of colorectal cancer [36] - [41] . The preparation and implementation of these protocols involves the use of high quality scientific evidence, as well as the use of pointers to evaluate them, which involve the complete diagnostic of the colorectal neoplasia, determination of the carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) serum in the post-operative period, lymph nodes exams, daily cleanse of the operative wound, reference to the oncologist, use of chemotherapy adjuvants after 8 weeks of the surgery and evaluation of the obstruction from the colonoscopy. Beyond that, the evaluation of the hospital costs forms a factor to determine the patient satisfaction [42] [43] .

Consequently, studies that approach assistance technologies used in the care to the people with colorectal neoplasia were also identified. They are demonstrated in Table 2.

The assistance technologies involve “the construction of a self-technical-scientific know-how and procedures and techniques used for the care” [2] , therefore, it involves an application of an intervention on the other by part of the nursing team.

Few studies brought as research results the use of assistance care technologies in nursing, yet, showed new approaches of nursing interventions. One of them approaches an intervention that make records of the patients that must be tracked, with the goal to ensure the referral process to the treatment and preparation of the patients to a complete the diagnostic test [44] .

A second study describes the use and benefits of the acupuncture in the recovery of patients with colorectal neoplasia submitted to surgical treatment [45] . And the last study found is about the nursing assistance made by professionals that received specific treatment about time commitment, maximum number of clients for each nurse and approaching to the patient with colorectal neoplasia in psychological suffering during the treatment

Table 2. Distribution of the studies in relation to the assistance technologies used in the care of the people with colorectal neoplasia.

and the benefits of a different approach [46] .

This amount of results shows a gap in the literature in what refers to the study of nursing intervention, with high level of evidence, being this type of research fundamental to the progress of science in this job, subsidizing, with a larger safety, the nursing techniques on the care to the people with colorectal neoplasia [47] . This way, it’s important to highlight the importance of the promotion of the nursing interventions, to supply a wide array of even larger options to professionals aiming to obtain the appropriate technology, in other words, the one that attend to the needs and expectations of a determined population, bearing in mind that the nursing techniques and technologies that form the nursing know-how used by the ones that execute it to the improvement of their praxis [48] .

As it follows, there are the educational technologies used in the care to the people with colorectal neoplasia, which are shown in Table 3.

Educational technology used in the care refers to a “systematic set of knowledge that makes it possible the planning, execution, control and follow-up of an educational process” [2] , where it is needed an educator/facilitator and the pupil that in nursing corresponds respectively to the nurse and the clientele. The present study identified three studies with educational technologies as results of the nursing range of activity.

Two of them implemented and evaluated education programs and evaluated the impact of this intervention on patients with colorectal cancer in of after treatment [21] - [49] . A third study after evaluating the quality of life of the clients conducted counseling and discussion about their clinical condition [50] .

A study made in Australia evaluated the quality of the communication skills of the nurse in his interaction with the clients highlighting the clinical knowledge, the need to establish a close and trustworthy relationship with the client, have the sensibility to identify the needs of the client and readiness to listen to his information, in addition to the capacity to adapt the form of supplying information to each client individually, are characteristics considered fundamental so that the nurse can develop a good role as a health educator [51] .

The needs of self-care of the patient with colorectal neoplasia are various, especially after the surgical approach of intestinal resection. The nursing has been building methods of teaching to the patient so he can comprehend the disease and the precautions needed during the treatment, like the manipulation of the ostomy pouch, that includes traditional instructions, use of DVD’s, interaction group and feedback over phone [52] - [54] .

From what has been exposed, it’s important to highlight that the use of the nursing know-how as technology has an emancipating nature to the science and the job, used as an instrument to overcome obstacles and restrictions that submit the labor process of the nurse. So, the construction of self-knowledge of the nursing helps to build the critical conscience of the nurses, and the population, in the pursuit for freedom and autonomy of nursing to supply the specific cares for the people with colorectal neoplasia [48] .

4. Conclusion

From Nietzsche’s theoretical reference, it was possible to identify the technologies used by the nurses in the care of people with colorectal neoplasia, being most of them classified as management technology (86.20%), followed by the assistance technology (20.68%) and lastly, educational technology (10.34%). Studies published in the last five years have predominated (62.06%), in international territory (82.75%) and with level of evidence IV (44.82%).

Table 3. Distribution of the studies in relation to the educational technologies used in the care to the people with colorectal neoplasia.

Currently, it’s possible to see an increase in nursing scientific production about care technologies for people with colorectal neoplasia, but, most of the studies have limited themselves to describe a few important aspects to the managing activity of nursing, highlighting that the know-how, as an emancipatory technology, remains at the exploratory stage of the aspects involved in the health assistance of these individuals.

Therefore, it becomes evident that the scientific gap in the productions with high level of evidence forms the self-sufficient knowledge about the care and nursing interventions that may subsidize the professional technique more efficiently in relation to the safety and positive results on the population at issue.

Thus, this study shows itself as a type of technology available to subsidize the knowledge of the nurses related to the actual overview of the publications about the care technologies for people with colorectal neoplasia, as well as provides contributions to the advance of nursing science using as theoretical background a nurse with PhD at the theme, emphasizing and expanding the technological know-how of this job.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.


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