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Enhancing the capacity of oncology nurses to provide supportive care for patients with advanced cancer : evaluation of an educational intervention

By J. Turner, Alexandra Clavarino, Phyllis Butow, Patsy Yates, Maryanne Hargraves, Veronica Connors and Sue Hausmann


Aim:\ud \ud This study aimed to enhance the capacity of oncology nurses to provide supportive care for patients with advanced cancer who have dependent children. ----------\ud Method: \ud \ud This was a pilot study of an educational intervention comprising a study-developed self-directed learning manual, supported by a day-long communication skills training workshop. Evaluation pre- and post-training included measures of stress and burnout, self-reports of confidence and attitudes, responses to clinical vignettes and video-taped interviews with simulated patients.----------\ud Results:\ud \ud Nurses found the educational intervention highly acceptable, and reported increased confidence in their ability to provide information and support for parents, and to initiate discussion about emotional issues. There were significant improvements in general communication skills and skills specific to this training, as well as reduced use of blocking.----------\ud Conclusion:\ud \ud Brief communication skills training supplemented with tailored educational resources can enhance confidence skills and knowledge of oncology nurses regarding their supportive care of parents with advanced cancer

Topics: 111710 Health Counselling, 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified, Advanced Cancer, Communication, Parents, Supportive Care, Nurses
Publisher: Pergamon/Elsevier
Year: 2009
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.ejca.2009.02.023
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