Improvement of chemotherapy practice and quality of care
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Improvement of chemotherapy practice and quality of care

Claire Griffin Senior staff nurse, Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, Northwood, Middlesex

Claire Griffin describes the findings of a clinical audit examining how a change in practice can reduce waiting times and improve patient satisfaction

There has been increased pressure on chemotherapy day units in recent years due to a rise in the number of patients receiving treatment, longer survival rates and more chemotherapy regimens being delivered in the outpatient setting. This article discusses the design, implementation and evaluation of a clinical audit carried out to assess how effective a two-stop system was in reducing waiting times and increasing patient satisfaction. It highlights the need to improve services while still maintaining patient safety and quality of care. The benefits of a change in working practice have been identified and improvements required have been acknowledged.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 13, 6, 35-39. doi: 10.7748/cnp.13.6.35.e1111


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 15 May 2014

Accepted: 06 June 2014