Jo Armes and colleagues assess the results of an evaluation of patients’ views of their quality of life, supportive care needs and the EoTC service
This article presents results from a service evaluation exploring the effect of end of treatment consultations (EoTCs) for women with breast cancer. Of 94 women who attended EoTCs in 2011, 51 completed questionnaires assessing quality of life (QoL), unmet supportive care needs, fear of recurrence, distress, and their relationship with the EoTC nurse. In addition, 15 also participated in qualitative interviews exploring their experiences of EoTCs in more depth. Results from the QoL measure showed the small number of women who experienced low QoL also reported significantly greater unmet needs, distress and fears of recurrence. In the interviews, all women explained the EoTC was beneficial because it provided a chance to express concerns, receive answers to questions and identify potential sources of support. They saw the EoTC as an important point of closure that facilitated the provision of post-treatment supportive care tailored to their individual needs.
Cancer Nursing Practice. 15, 4, 28-36. doi: 10.7748/cnp.15.4.28.s20Correspondence
This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism softwareConflict of interest
The evaluation was funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity
Received: 04 February 2016
Accepted: 29 March 2016
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