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Patient expectations and preferences for follow-up after treatment for lung cancer: a pilot study

Krishnasamy, Meinir, Ugalde, Anna, Carey, Mariko, Duffy, Mary and Dryden, Tracey 2011, Patient expectations and preferences for follow-up after treatment for lung cancer: a pilot study, European journal of oncology nursing, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 221-225, doi: 10.1016/j.ejon.2010.01.002.

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Title Patient expectations and preferences for follow-up after treatment for lung cancer: a pilot study
Author(s) Krishnasamy, Meinir
Ugalde, Anna
Carey, Mariko
Duffy, Mary
Dryden, Tracey
Journal name European journal of oncology nursing
Volume number 15
Issue number 3
Start page 221
End page 225
Total pages 5
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2011-07
ISSN 1462-3889
Keyword(s) lung cancer
follow-up
models of care
nurse-led services
Summary Introduction

There is no robust evidence to indicate the most appropriate models of follow-up care for patients who have completed treatment for lung cancer. This pilot study aimed to assess expectations and preferences for follow-up care in a sample of patients who had completed treatment for lung cancer.

Method

Thirty-one patients who had completed treatment for primary lung cancer were recruited. A 13 item self-report survey was developed to elicit patient's preferences and expectations for follow-up. Participants completed the developed survey and clinical and demographic variables were collected.

Results

Factors scored as extremely important by over 80% of respondents focused on care coordination: Being able to see the same doctor or health care professional at each visit (24/83%); Knowing which doctor or nurse to contact if queries arise between follow-up appointments (23/82%); and Knowing the patient can book an appointment or contact a health care professional involved in their care regarding health concerns between visits (25/89%). Patients were supportive of nurse-led follow-up when offered in the context of a model of shared care (21/78%).

Conclusion

This study offers new insight into the expectations and preferences for follow-up of patients with lung cancer, with participants indicated preference for intensive follow-up after the completion of treatment.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.ejon.2010.01.002
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2011, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30074097

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