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Research project: A survey of provision of breast care nursing for patients with metastatic breast cancer - Dormant - Dormant

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This was a cross-sectional survey of breast care nurses in the UK to establish the level of provision of care for people with metastatic breast cancer

The role of the breast care nurse was developed in the UK and is now being adopted internationally. Although evidence is available to suggest that the role is beneficial in the care of women with primary breast cancer, it is emerging that women with metastatic breast cancer do not receive the same level of support. This study aimed to develop an understanding of the role of the breast care nurse in the provision of care for patients with metastatic breast cancer. A cross-sectional survey of 276 breast care nurses conducted by Breast Cancer Care in the UK found that 91% of breast care nurses stated that they provided care for patients with metastatic disease and 81% provided on-going information and support. However 57% of breast care nurses acknowledged that the provision of care for this population was inadequate and many reported feeling ill equipped to care for women with progressive disease.
Care pathways for this patient group are unstructured and ill-defined complicating the efforts of breast care nurses to identify and provide care for them. In conclusion, the current nursing service for women with metastatic breast cancer is inadequate but many breast care nurses are working to address this.

 

Project team

Dr D Fenlon

Project funder

Breast Cancer Care

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Needs content

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Complex Healthcare Processes
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