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Date:1/17/2013

ated calls alone were just as effective as when they were offered with tips from nurses.

The study's authors concluded that the automated call system could be an inexpensive way to help patients on chemotherapy pills follow through on their treatment plan correctly. They said nurses should carefully explain oral chemotherapy instructions. The researchers added that their findings could provide a foundation for more research to help improve oral chemotherapy.

"It's cutting-edge treatment, but we don't know enough about it yet," said the study's co-author, Barbara Given, associate dean for research in the university's College of Nursing. "People think if they had a life-threatening disease and their doctor recommended treatment, they'd follow the recommendations. But it's really not that simple."

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-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Michigan State University, news release, Jan. 10, 2013


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