A qualitative study to evaluate breast care nursing in North Wales from the user perspective
Background to the study: Breast care services for Wales developed in response to government requirements that breast cancer care should be delivered only by specialist multi-disciplinary teams in cancer units treating at least 100 new breast cancer patients per year.
Study aims: A study was conducted to evaluate the Breast Care Nursing Service within North Wales from the perspectives of both staff and patients. This paper presents the findings of the second stage of the patient survey, the aim of which was to investigate patients’ experiences using a qualitative interview.
Methodological issues: Thirteen patients were interviewed using a semi-structured interview guide developed from the findings of the patient questionnaire survey.
Findings/Conclusion: Although patients valued the BCNS service for the support offered around the time of diagnosis, improvements were also identified. Initial referral could be improved by training practice nurses and district nurses in recognising early signs of breast cancer. BCNSs could provide support and supervision in this role. During diagnosis and treatment, BCNSs could be more proactive in providing information and support to women and their families. Further research is needed in order to develop a tool to determine how patients would like this need to be assessed. Finally, improvements in follow up care require either additional resources in the form of BCNSs, or more involvement of community nurses in performing certain procedures and offering long-term support.
Clinical and Medical Social Work | Community Health | Gender and Sexuality | Health Services Research | Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling | Nursing | Nursing Administration | Public Health and Community Nursing | Public Health Education and Promotion
Carnwell, R. & Baker, S.A. (2003) “A qualitative study to evaluate breast care nursing in North Wales from the user perspective”. Clinical Effectiveness in Nursing, Volume 7, Issues 3-4, pp. 171–179
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Carnwell, R and Baker, Sally-Ann, "A qualitative study to evaluate breast care nursing in North Wales from the user perspective" (2003). Health Science. Paper 34.