Assessment of Patients’ Knowledge in Managing Side Effects of Chemotherapy: Case of King Abdul-Aziz University Hospital

  • Ameen Almohammadi
  • Afrah Alqarni
  • Rana Alraddadi
  • Fatmah Alzahrani


Patients education about chemotherapy and its side effects is important. The health-related distress among the patients can be decreased by promoting self-care behaviors. A cross-sectional study was conducted at the King Abdul-Aziz University Hospital with 90 patients from the hospital’s oncology department in Jeddah during the period between December 2015 and January 2016. The study was performed by using a self-administered questionnaire among the sample of the study. Eight percent (n = 33) patients scored higher knowledge regarding chemotherapy and its side effects, while 11.1% (n = 8) had low knowledge. Moreover, 36.1% (n = 26) of patients reported complete compliance with the self-care behaviors to manage chemotherapy side effects, 43.1% (n = 31) reported partial compliance, and 20.8% (n = 15) reported less compliance. Physicians were reported as main source of information by 80.6% (n = 58) of their patients. Involving healthcare professionals in educating patients regarding chemotherapy can prove to have positive outcomes.


Knowledge Self-care Behavior Side effects Chemotherapy 



The authors would like to thank all the participants in this study and Dr. Atlal AbuSanad, assistant professor of Internal medicine & Medical Oncology, department of medicine, King Abdul-Aziz University, for her support during the period of collecting data in the King Abdul-Aziz University Hospital.

Funding information

This work was supported by the Deanship of Scientific Research (DSR), King Abdul-Aziz University, Jeddah, under grant no. (D-224-166-1439). The authors, therefore, thank the DSR technical and financial support.

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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ameen Almohammadi
    • 1
  • Afrah Alqarni
    • 1
  • Rana Alraddadi
    • 1
  • Fatmah Alzahrani
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Faculty of PharmacyKing Abdul-Aziz UniversityJeddahSaudi Arabia

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