Development, integration and evaluation of nurse-led follow-up across five tumour sites at a Cancer Unit in Northern Ireland Cancer Nursing Practice

Cherith Semple, Caroline Lynas

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Abstract

The traditional model of medical oncology follow-up clinics has been challenged in recent years, partly because it cannot meet the individual needs of the growing cancer survivor population. Greater personalisation of follow-up care is required to manage cancer survivors’ clinical, psychosocial, and practical care, and many organisations are attempting to achieve this through nurse-led follow-up services. This article describes a service development project, in a cancer unit in Northern Ireland, that developed, integrated, and evaluated nurse-led follow-up clinics for five tumour groups. Evaluation was undertaken through a focus group and surveys, and the article discusses the findings that suggest successful integration of nurse-led clinics requires comprehensive planning and preparation, including professional development, and risk stratification of patients, and that nurse-led clinics enhance continuity of care, and promote patient empowerment and self-management strategies. The article concludes that nurses can deliver cancer follow-up services effectively, and are well placed to provide comprehensive survivorship care for patients.
LanguageEnglish
JournalCancer Nursing Practice
VolumeNone
Early online date30 Apr 2018
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Apr 2018

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Oncology Nursing
Northern Ireland
Nurses
Nurses' Practice Patterns
Neoplasms
Survivors
Patient Participation
Aftercare
Continuity of Patient Care
Medical Oncology
Self Care
Focus Groups
Patient Care
Survival Rate
Organizations
Population

Keywords

  • cancer
  • cancer nursing practice
  • living with and beyond cancer
  • nurse-led follow-up
  • survivorship

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