Identifying research priorities for nurse specialists in lung cancer care
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Identifying research priorities for nurse specialists in lung cancer care

Sally Moore Lung cancer nurse specialist, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Surrey
Diana Borthwick Clinical nurse specialist, Edinburgh Cancer Centre
Liz Darlison Consultant nurse, University Hospitals of Leicester
Gillian Walton Senior lecturer, Cancer and palliative care, Northumbria University
Tessa Fitzpatrick Macmillan lung cancer nurse specialist, University Hospital of North Tees
Natasha Campling Research fellow, Department of Pharmacy and Policy, University of London

Research into lung cancer undertaken by nurses in clinical practice is limited. This paper reports the findings of a survey of opinion leaders to identify the research priorities of nurse specialists working with patients who have lung cancer. Eight areas were identified. These were 1) exploring the impact of lung cancer; 2) information needs of patients and carers; 3) impact of the role of the lung cancer nurse specialist; 4) symptom management; 5) exploring the impact of mesothelioma; 6) organisation of care; 7) exploring the role of the lung cancer nurse specialist; and 8) exploring the needs of patients undergoing surgery. The findings of this study may provide guidance in developing clinically relevant programmes for nursing research in lung cancer care.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 6, 9,23-28. doi: 10.7748/cnp2007.11.6.9.23.c6249

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