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Title: A national survey of health care professionals’ views on models of follow-up, holistic needs assessment and survivorship care for patients with head and neck cancer
Authors: Wells, Mary
Semple, Cherith
Lane, Christina
Contact Email: mary.wells@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: head and neck cancer
follow-up
holistic needs assessment
survivorship care
Issue Date: Nov-2015
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Citation: Wells M, Semple C & Lane C (2015) A national survey of health care professionals’ views on models of follow-up, holistic needs assessment and survivorship care for patients with head and neck cancer, European Journal of Cancer Care, 24 (6), pp. 873-883.
Abstract: Patterns of follow-up and survivorship care are changing in response to growing numbers of cancer survivors and an increasing recognition that traditional models are unsustainable and result in unmet needs. Clinicians have shown reluctance in changing conventional follow-up practices for patients with head and neck cancer. This study aimed to explore nurses' and allied health professionals' views and practices in relation to follow-up, holistic needs assessment and survivorship care in this patient group. An online survey of members of the British Association of Head and Neck Oncology Nurses was undertaken. The response rate was 43% (74 of 174). Findings revealed a range of existing models of follow-up, rehabilitation and support for people with head and neck cancer across the UK. Specialist staff were open to new models of care and to more responsibility, with adequate training and supervision. There were some gaps in the provision of comprehensive survivorship care and some specific areas of practice in which nurses lacked confidence, knowledge and skills, such as managing medications and complex symptoms. Further research is needed to develop and evaluate effective models of follow-up and support for a growing population of head and neck cancer survivors who have diverse and complex needs.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/22526
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecc.12285
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Affiliation: NMAHP Research
Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
Macmillan Cancer Support

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