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Title: Barriers in providing psychosocial support for patients with cancer.
Epworth Authors: Watts, Rosemary
Botti, Mari
Other Authors: Cairns, Julie
Lewis, Katrina
Kenny, Amanda
Endacott, Ruth
Keywords: Attitude of Health Personnel
Focus Groups
Hematologic Neoplasms
Nurse-Patient Relations
Social Support
Psychosocial Care
Hematological Cancer
Patient Outcomes
Communication Skills
Assessment Skills
Skills Development
Ongoing Support
Centre for Clinical Nursing Research, Epworth/Deakin Nursing Research Centre, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: Jul-2006
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Health
Citation: Cancer Nurs. 2006 Jul-Aug;29(4):309-16
Abstract: There is sound evidence to support the notion that the provision of effective psychosocial care improves the outcomes of patients with cancer. Central to the implementation of this care is that health professionals have the necessary communication and assessment skills. This study aimed to identify key issues related to providing effective psychosocial care for adult patients admitted with hematological cancer, as perceived by registered nurses with 3 or more years of clinical experience. An exploratory qualitative design was used for this study. Two focus group interviews were conducted with 15 experienced cancer nurses. The provision of psychosocial care for patients with cancer is a dynamic process that has a professional and personal impact on the nurse. The 5 analytic themes to emerge from the data were as follows: When is it a good time to talk? Building relationships; Being drawn into the emotional world; Providing support throughout the patient's journey; and Breakdown in communication processes. The findings from this study indicate an urgent need to develop a framework to provide nurses with both skill development and ongoing support in order to improve nurses' ability to integrate psychosocial aspects of care and optimize patient outcomes.
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ISSN: ‎1538-9804
Journal Title: Cancer Nursing
Type: Journal Article
Affiliated Organisations: La Trobe / The Alfred Clinical School, Alfred Hospital, Prahran, VIC. 3121, Australia.
School of Nursing and Community Studies, University of Plymouth, Exeter EX2 6AS, United Kingdom.
The Alfred, Commercial Road, prahran, VIC. 3121, Australia.
School of Nursing, LaTrobe University, bendigo, VIC. 3550, Australia.
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Exploratory Qualitative Design
Appears in Collections:Cancer Services

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