A national survey of healthcare professionals’ views on models of follow-up, holistic needs assessment and survivorship care for patients with head and neck cancer

Mary Wells, Cherith Semple, Christine Lane

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

12 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Patterns of follow-up and survivorship care are changing in response to growing numbers of cancer survivors
and an increasing recognition that traditional models are unsustainable and result in unmet needs. Clinicians
have shown reluctance in changing conventional follow-up practices for patients with head and neck cancer.
This study aimed to explore nurses’ and allied health professionals’ views and practices in relation to
follow-up, holistic needs assessment and survivorship care in this patient group. An online survey of members of the British Association of Head and Neck Oncology Nurses was undertaken. The response rate was 43% (74 of 174). Findings revealed a range of existing models of follow-up, rehabilitation and support for people with head and neck cancer across the UK. Specialist staff were open to new models of care and to more responsibility, with adequate training and supervision. There were some gaps in the provision of comprehensive survivorship care and some specific areas of practice in which nurses lacked confidence, knowledge and skills, such as managing medications and complex symptoms. Further research is needed to develop and evaluate effective models of follow-up and support for a growing population of head and neck cancer survivors who have diverse and complex needs.
LanguageEnglish
Pages873
Number of pages883
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer Care
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Fingerprint

Health Care Surveys
Needs Assessment
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Patient Care
Survival Rate
Nurses
Allied Health Personnel
Aftercare
Professional Practice
Survivors
Neck
Rehabilitation
Head
Research
Population
Neoplasms

Keywords

  • head and neck cancer
  • follow up
  • holistic needs assessment
  • survivorship

Cite this

@article{d24979b164ee488bb5825c26568af769,
title = "A national survey of healthcare professionals’ views on models of follow-up, holistic needs assessment and survivorship care for patients with head and neck cancer",
abstract = "Patterns of follow-up and survivorship care are changing in response to growing numbers of cancer survivorsand an increasing recognition that traditional models are unsustainable and result in unmet needs. Clinicianshave shown reluctance in changing conventional follow-up practices for patients with head and neck cancer.This study aimed to explore nurses’ and allied health professionals’ views and practices in relation tofollow-up, holistic needs assessment and survivorship care in this patient group. An online survey of members of the British Association of Head and Neck Oncology Nurses was undertaken. The response rate was 43{\%} (74 of 174). Findings revealed a range of existing models of follow-up, rehabilitation and support for people with head and neck cancer across the UK. Specialist staff were open to new models of care and to more responsibility, with adequate training and supervision. There were some gaps in the provision of comprehensive survivorship care and some specific areas of practice in which nurses lacked confidence, knowledge and skills, such as managing medications and complex symptoms. Further research is needed to develop and evaluate effective models of follow-up and support for a growing population of head and neck cancer survivors who have diverse and complex needs.",
keywords = "head and neck cancer, follow up, holistic needs assessment, survivorship",
author = "Mary Wells and Cherith Semple and Christine Lane",
year = "2015",
doi = "10.1111/ecc.12285",
language = "English",
pages = "873",
journal = "European Journal of Cancer Care",
issn = "0961-5423",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - A national survey of healthcare professionals’ views on models of follow-up, holistic needs assessment and survivorship care for patients with head and neck cancer

AU - Wells, Mary

AU - Semple, Cherith

AU - Lane, Christine

PY - 2015

Y1 - 2015

N2 - Patterns of follow-up and survivorship care are changing in response to growing numbers of cancer survivorsand an increasing recognition that traditional models are unsustainable and result in unmet needs. Clinicianshave shown reluctance in changing conventional follow-up practices for patients with head and neck cancer.This study aimed to explore nurses’ and allied health professionals’ views and practices in relation tofollow-up, holistic needs assessment and survivorship care in this patient group. An online survey of members of the British Association of Head and Neck Oncology Nurses was undertaken. The response rate was 43% (74 of 174). Findings revealed a range of existing models of follow-up, rehabilitation and support for people with head and neck cancer across the UK. Specialist staff were open to new models of care and to more responsibility, with adequate training and supervision. There were some gaps in the provision of comprehensive survivorship care and some specific areas of practice in which nurses lacked confidence, knowledge and skills, such as managing medications and complex symptoms. Further research is needed to develop and evaluate effective models of follow-up and support for a growing population of head and neck cancer survivors who have diverse and complex needs.

AB - Patterns of follow-up and survivorship care are changing in response to growing numbers of cancer survivorsand an increasing recognition that traditional models are unsustainable and result in unmet needs. Clinicianshave shown reluctance in changing conventional follow-up practices for patients with head and neck cancer.This study aimed to explore nurses’ and allied health professionals’ views and practices in relation tofollow-up, holistic needs assessment and survivorship care in this patient group. An online survey of members of the British Association of Head and Neck Oncology Nurses was undertaken. The response rate was 43% (74 of 174). Findings revealed a range of existing models of follow-up, rehabilitation and support for people with head and neck cancer across the UK. Specialist staff were open to new models of care and to more responsibility, with adequate training and supervision. There were some gaps in the provision of comprehensive survivorship care and some specific areas of practice in which nurses lacked confidence, knowledge and skills, such as managing medications and complex symptoms. Further research is needed to develop and evaluate effective models of follow-up and support for a growing population of head and neck cancer survivors who have diverse and complex needs.

KW - head and neck cancer

KW - follow up

KW - holistic needs assessment

KW - survivorship

U2 - 10.1111/ecc.12285

DO - 10.1111/ecc.12285

M3 - Article

SP - 873

JO - European Journal of Cancer Care

T2 - European Journal of Cancer Care

JF - European Journal of Cancer Care

SN - 0961-5423

ER -