Comparing physician and nurse chemotherapy toxicity assessment
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Comparing physician and nurse chemotherapy toxicity assessment

Sharon Dean Network lead chemotherapy nurse, Humber & Yorkshire Coast Cancer Network
Wendy Krstenic Lead chemotherapy nurse, Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
Diane Rothwell Project manager, Cancer Services Collaborative
Sheila Winstanley Chemotherapy nurse specialist, Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
Anthony Maraveyas Chemotherapy network lead clinician, Humber & Yorkshire Coast Cancer Network

Nurse-led assessment of chemotherapy-related toxicities is poorly documented. This article describes an audit to compare toxicity assessment by nurses and physicians within an oncology centre. The overall aim was to verify the effectiveness of the toxicity tool used and to establish whether nurses could lead such assessments. The results suggest that experienced nurses can competently assess patients with chemotherapy-related toxicities, provided adequate training and guidance protocols are established.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 5, 3,34-37. doi: 10.7748/cnp2006.04.5.3.34.c182

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