Characteristics of the Nighttime Hospital Bedside Care Environment (Sound, Light, and Temperature) for Children with Cancer

Lauri A. Linder, PhD, APRN, CPON; Becky J. Christian, PhD, RN


Cancer Nurs. 2011;34(3):176-184. 

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Study Limitations

Limitations of this study include a small sample size and a cross-sectional design. The organization of data into 2-hour intervals within each of the 3 study nights; however, did permit the use of the mixed linear model for within-night analyses. This study focused on the bedside care environment of hospitalized children receiving inpatient chemotherapy; therefore, findings cannot necessarily be generalized to other subgroups of hospitalized children with cancer, such as children with fever and neutropenia, or children undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. The study also did not seek to identify sources of increased sound or light intensity that may have resulted from nursing care, parents or visitors, or the child's activity within the room.


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