The benefits of a nurse and dietician-led follow-up clinic in head and neck cancer
Julie Hewett Macmillan head and neck clinical nurse specialist, Torbay Hospital, Devon
Deborah Howland Specialist head and neck cancer dietician, Torbay Hospital, Devon
A joint clinic run by a nurse and a dietician was established to follow up patients treated with radiotherapy for head and neck cancer. Patient satisfaction surveys indicated a positive response to the joint clinic and suggested that when nursing experience and dietetic expertise are combined, holistic care can be provided to the benefit of patients. As well as presenting the background to the clinic and the findings from the satisfaction surveys, this article considers the evidence supporting nurse-led initiatives and possible ways forward for follow-up care.
Cancer Nursing Practice. 8, 2,23-27. doi: 10.7748/cnp2009.03.8.2.23.c6841