Date of Award

Spring 2013

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Nursing

First Advisor

Jennifer Elison

Second Advisor

Donna Greenwood

Third Advisor

Jamie Dolan

Abstract

The purpose of this thesis was to examine whether individuals receiving hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) experienced any statistically significant differences in uncertainty before and after their first session and to explore their feelings regarding HBOT. Participants in this study included 10 prospective HBOT clients, without prior HBOT experience, between the ages of 25 and 53. There were six males, one female, and three who did not identify their gender. Participation was solicited through the use of researcher flyers which were distributed to eligible clients by nursing staff at a hyperbaric facility in the Northwestern United States. A mixed-methods design was used to analyze the participants’ feelings regarding HBOT and uncertainty. Data was collected using a pretest and postest survey spanning one session of HBOT. The results of this study indicated there was not a statistically significant difference in uncertainty before and after the first session of HBOT with a p-value of 0.0755. Overall, participants generally reported positive interactions with staff. Only two subjects expressed discomfort during their session and one did not report on experience inside the chamber. The findings of this study indicate a need for knowledgeable and caring nurses who fully educate their clients before treatment begins and who provide comfort and assistance throughout treatment. More research regarding client feelings toward HBOT and uncertainty is needed

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