How tailored information is used to help patients who have survived cancer
Nicola J Davies Researcher, Health Psychology Consultancy, National Cancer Survivorship Initiative, Macmillan Cancer Support
There are an estimated two million cancer survivors in the UK, many living with the long-term consequences of treatment. The information needs of this patient group are diverse, ranging from treatment side effects to lifestyle advice and the psychological consequences of cancer. Nurses play a pivotal role in providing information and educating patients about understanding health information. They are central figures in government strategies designed to ensure high quality information is available to all cancer survivors and their families. This involves new ways of working, including the provision of information outside a nurse’s area of expertise, as well as over a longer care pathway. Individual care planning, risk assessment and strong interpersonal communication skills are core components of nurse-delivered information to cancer survivors.
Cancer Nursing Practice. 9, 8,32-38. doi: 10.7748/cnp2010.10.9.8.32.c8016