Barriers in providing psychosocial support for patients with cancer

Botti, Mari, Endacott, Ruth, Watts, Rosemary, Cairns, Julie, Lewis, Katrina and Kenny, Amanda 2006, Barriers in providing psychosocial support for patients with cancer, Cancer nursing, vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 309-316.

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Title Barriers in providing psychosocial support for patients with cancer
Author(s) Botti, MariORCID iD for Botti, Mari
Endacott, Ruth
Watts, Rosemary
Cairns, Julie
Lewis, Katrina
Kenny, Amanda
Journal name Cancer nursing
Volume number 29
Issue number 4
Start page 309
End page 316
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Place of publication Hagerstown, Md.
Publication date 2006
ISSN 0162-220x
Keyword(s) cancer
clinical practice guidelines
registered nurses
Summary 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.
Language eng
Field of Research 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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