A collaborative approach to delivering health and well-being events to people affected by lung cancer
Evidence & Practice    

A collaborative approach to delivering health and well-being events to people affected by lung cancer

Matthew Johnson Macmillan lead cancer nurse, Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, London
Natalie Doyle Nurse consultant, living with and beyond cancer, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London and editorial advisory board member, Cancer Nursing Practice

Health and well-being events form part of the recovery package for people living with and beyond cancer where they can access help and advice to support the transition from active treatment. Little evidence has been published about their implementation for people with lung cancer. Three London hospitals collaborated to deliver and evaluate lung cancer-specific health and well-being events during 2015. Uptake was low, but 55 people who had been treated for lung cancer and 33 ‘carers’, that is, friends or relatives, attended one of three events.

The events involved a combination of taught sessions and informal access to healthcare professionals. Although more than half of attendees thought they had learned only some or no new information, 93% indicated they would recommend the event to others in a similar situation. Most attendees continued to report they felt more confident in managing all aspects of their health and well-being after 1 month. Written comments reflected that the emotional and psychological benefits of attending were greater than the information given. The healthcare professionals involved found it a rewarding experience and continue to develop future events.

Cancer Nursing Practice. doi: 10.7748/cnp.2016.e1354

Correspondence

m.johnson@rbht.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article had been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Received: 07 September 2016

Accepted: 03 October 2016

Published online: 08 November 2016