Coproducing and Implementing Person-Centered Key Performance Indicators in Ambulatory Cancer Nursing

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Policy advocates person-centered healthcare for people living with cancer. Although nurses and patients alike recognize that a good care experience cannot be measured solely by clinical outcomes, the difficulty in finding indicators that measure the delivery of effective person-centered care remains a challenge.

The aim of this study was to explore the impact of a coproduced implementation project using the person-centered nursing key performance indicators to support the development of person-centered practice across ambulatory chemotherapy units.

The study adopted an evaluation approach derived from work of the Medical Research Council. A mobile app was used to collect and analyze 3 cycles of data using 4 measurement tools, with the aim of informing quality improvement activities. Six implementation teams were recruited from chemotherapy units across a region in the United Kingdom. Qualitative interviews were used to evaluate the experience of participants.

Data analysis revealed 4 themes: building relationships that nurture the care experience, inspiring nursing staff to flourish, shaping practice and service changes through the nature of the conversations, and becoming person-centered through coproduction.

This study provides evidence of the value of implementing these person-centered key performance indicators using a model of coproduction in cancer nursing. The data generated by the key performance indicators offer valuable feedback to nurses that can inform the development of person-centered practice and contribute to an enhanced patient experience.

Implications for Practice
This study provides an innovative and transferable approach for implementing relevant and appropriate key performance indicators within cancer nursing, which can contribute to developing person-centered cultures.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCancer Nursing
Early online date9 Apr 2022
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Dec 2022

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  • Coproduction
  • Evidence
  • Facilitation
  • Key performance indicators
  • Patient experience
  • Person-centered practice


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