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Self care and end of life care in advanced cancer: Literature review

By Bridget Johnston, Maria McGill, Stuart Milligan, Dorothy McElroy, Claire Foster and Nora Kearney


Background: \ud \ud Self care is a key feature of health care policy in the UK. It has been suggested that self care by patients with cancer improves quality of life, symptom management, and patient satisfaction. However, little is known about self care and end of life care.\ud \ud Objectives: \ud \ud This review sets out to find out what is known about how people experiencing end of life care manage their illness themselves, in the advanced stages of their disease.\ud \ud Methods: \ud \ud A systematic review was conducted; searching key databases; extracting relevant literature, using RefMan, NVIVO; grading, analysing, and appraising the literature.\ud \ud Results: \ud \ud Eighteen articles were included in the review. Themes identified were; interventions for end of life care; self care behaviours used by patients; factors that prevent patients to self care.\ud \ud Conclusion: \ud \ud The nurses’ role in supporting self care for people with advanced cancer is important. The review identifies various ways nurses can empower patients to self care related to oncology

Publisher: Elsevier
Year: 2009
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Provided by: Enlighten
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