Oncology nurses' perceptions of their supportive care for parents with advanced cancer: challenges and educational needs

Turner, J., Clavarino, Alexandra, Yates, Patsy, Hargraves, Maryanne, Connors, Veronica B., & Hausmann, Sue (2007) Oncology nurses' perceptions of their supportive care for parents with advanced cancer: challenges and educational needs. Psycho-Oncology: journal of the psychological, social and behavioral dimensions of cancer, 16(2), pp. 149-157.

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Despite the emotional impact for children with a parent with advanced cancer, most families receive limited information and support to assist them. A project is underway to determine the acceptability and effectiveness of a supportive and educational intervention for parents with advanced cancer to be delivered by specially trained oncology nurses. To assess the perceptions of oncology nurses about this role, explore potential challenges, and understand their educational needs, oncology nurses were recruited from three metropolitan hospitals to participate in focus groups. This data was supplemented with data from individual interviews conducted with rurally based nurses unable to participate in focus groups held in a metropolitan location. Four focus groups were held, with 24 participants. Individual telephone interviews were conducted with five nurses. Nurses identified the emotional burden of the supportive care role as a key challenge, along with health care systems which were not attuned to the needs of families. Attention to self-care and professional confidence, and access to role-models emerged as key elements required in education, along with information about the impact of parental cancer on children and their developmental stages, and ways to promote more open parental communicate with children.

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ID Code: 10454
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal's website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
Keywords: advanced cancer • psychosocial support • communication • training
DOI: 10.1002/pon.1106
ISSN: 1057-9249
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > ONCOLOGY AND CARCINOGENESIS (111200) > Oncology and Carcinogenesis not elsewhere classified (111299)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 John Wiley & Sons
Deposited On: 29 Oct 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:38

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