Cancer nurses’ provision of survivorship care for patients with haematological malignancy

Chan, Raymond, Wallace, Anne, Downs, Erin, Langbecker, Danette, Ekberg, Stuart, Gates, Priscilla, Chan, Alexandre, & Yates, Patsy (2016) Cancer nurses’ provision of survivorship care for patients with haematological malignancy. Supportive Care in Cancer, 24(Suppl 1), S221.

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Abstract

Introduction

Many haematological malignancy survivors report long-term post-treatment physiological and psychosocial effects.

Objectives

This study examined cancer nurses’ perception of their role, confidence levels, practices and barriers in relation to survivorship care provision for patients with haematological malignancies.

Methods

Approximately 1300 cancer nurses were invited to participate in a survey. The survey was distributed to all cancer nurses at a Queensland tertiary cancer centre and via email through two Australian professional cancer nursing bodies.

Results

In total, 423 cancer nurses (33%) completed the survey. The majority of participants agreed that all survivorship interventions included in the survey should be within their role. Nurses were least confident in discussing fertility (M=5.93, SD=2.66), employment and financial issues with patients (M=6.19, SD=2.66) and discussing information about identifying signs of cancer recurrence (M=6.43, SD=2.69), on a 11-point scale from 0 to 10 with higher scores indicating greater confidence. The least frequently performed interventions included discussing fertility, intimacy and sexuality issues, and communicating survivorship care with the patient’s primary care providers, with over 60% of participants reporting not performing these interventions often. The most significant barriers perceived by participants were lack of dedicated end-of-treatment consultation (M=2.62, SD=1.13), time (M=2.58, SD=0.94), and an appropriate physical location(M=2.21, SD=1.01), on a 5-point scale (0=not at all; 4=a great deal).

Conclusions

The strong support from nurses for their role in survivorship care highlights opportunities that have not yet been adequately developed. Barriers identified in this survey should be considered in the design of future survivorship care models.

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ID Code: 96338
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Abstracts of the MASCC/ISOO 2016 Annual Meeting
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Keywords: Survivorship, Cancer Nurses, Haematological Malignancy, Blood Cancer, Survivors
DOI: 10.1007/s00520-016-3209-z
ISSN: 1433-7339
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Clinical Nursing - Secondary (Acute Care) (111003)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > ONCOLOGY AND CARCINOGENESIS (111200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > ONCOLOGY AND CARCINOGENESIS (111200) > Haematological Tumours (111206)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Statement: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00520-016-3209-z
Deposited On: 26 Jun 2016 22:33
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2016 04:12

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