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dc.contributor.authorCruickshank, Susanneen_UK
dc.contributor.authorKennedy, Catrionaen_UK
dc.contributor.authorLockhart, Karenen_UK
dc.contributor.authorDosser, Isabelen_UK
dc.contributor.authorDallas, Lorraineen_UK
dc.description.abstractBackground: Breast Care Nurses (BCNs) are now established internationally, predominantly in well resourced healthcare systems. The role of BCNs has expanded to reflect the diversity of the population in which they work, and the improvements in survival of women with breast cancer. Interventions by BCNs aim to support women and help them cope with the impact of the disease on their quality of life.  Objectives: To assess the effectiveness of individual interventions carried out by BCN's on quality of life outcomes for women with breast cancer.  Search strategy: We searched the Cochrane Breast Cancer Group Specialised Register and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (15 January 2007). We also searched MEDLINE (1966 to September 2006), CINAHL (1982 to September 2006), EMBASE (1980 to September 2006), British Nursing Index (1984 to September 2006), CancerLit (1961 to September 2006), PsycInfo (1967 to September 2006), Library and Info Science Abstracts (LISA) (1969 to September 2006), Dissertation Abstracts International (only available 2005 to September 2006). We contacted authors as appropriate.  Selection criteria: Randomised controlled trials assessing the effects of interventions carried out by BCN's on quality of life outcomes, for women with breast cancer.  Data collection and analysis: Two authors independently assessed relevant studies for inclusion and undertook data extraction and quality assessment of included studies.  Main results: We incuded five studies, categorised into three groups. Three studies assessing psychosocial nursing interventions around diagnosis and early treatment found that the BCN could affect some components of quality of life, such as anxiety and early recognition of depressive symptoms. However, their impact on social and functional aspects of the disease trajectory was inconclusive. Supportive care interventions during radiotherapy was assessed by one study which showed that specific BCN interventions can alleviate perceived distress during radiotherapy treatment, but did not improve coping skills, mood or overall quality of life. One study assessed nurse-led follow-up interventions in which no statistically significant difference was identified for main demographic variables, satisfaction with care, access to medical care or anxiety and depression.  Authors' conclusions: There is limited evidence at this time to support the contention that interventions by BCNs assist in the short-termwith the recognition and management of psychological distress for women with breast cancer. Further research is required before the impact of BCNs on aspects of quality of life for women with breast cancer can be known.en_UK
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwell for The Cochrane Collaborationen_UK
dc.relationCruickshank S, Kennedy C, Lockhart K, Dosser I & Dallas L (2008) Specialist breast care nurses for supportive care of women with breast cancer. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2008 (1), Art. No.: CD005634.
dc.rightsThis review is published as a Cochrane Review in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008, Issue 1. Cochrane Reviews are regularly updated as new evidence emerges and in response to comments and criticisms, and the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews should be consulted for the most recent version of the Review. This is the reference to the original version of this review: Cruickshank S, Kennedy C, Lockhart K, Dosser I, Dallas L. Specialist breast care nurses for supportive care of women with breast cancer (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2006, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD005634. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD005634. URL:
dc.subjectbreast canceren_UK
dc.subjectbreast careen_UK
dc.subjectBritish nursing indexen_UK
dc.subjectcancer radiotherapyen_UK
dc.subjectcancer stagingen_UK
dc.subjectclinical effectivenessen_UK
dc.subjectclinical trialen_UK
dc.subjectCochrane Libraryen_UK
dc.subjectcontrolled clinical trialen_UK
dc.subjectcoping behavioren_UK
dc.subjectdistress syndromeen_UK
dc.subjectfollow upen_UK
dc.subjectfunctional statusen_UK
dc.subjecthealth care accessen_UK
dc.subjecthealth care costen_UK
dc.subjectintermethod comparisonen_UK
dc.subjectmedical careen_UK
dc.subjectmedical specialisten_UK
dc.subjectnursing careen_UK
dc.subjectoutcome assessmenten_UK
dc.subjectpatient satisfactionen_UK
dc.subjectpsychosocial careen_UK
dc.subjectquality of lifeen_UK
dc.subjectrandomized controlled trialen_UK
dc.subjectsocial aspecten_UK
dc.titleSpecialist breast care nurses for supportive care of women with breast canceren_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.citation.jtitleCochrane Database of Systematic Reviewsen_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationHealth Sciences Research - Stirling - LEGACYen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationEdinburgh Napier Universityen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationEdinburgh Napier Universityen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationEdinburgh Napier Universityen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationBreast Cancer Careen_UK
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen_UK
local.rioxx.authorCruickshank, Susanne|0000-0003-0204-4739en_UK
local.rioxx.authorKennedy, Catriona|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorLockhart, Karen|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorDosser, Isabel|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorDallas, Lorraine|en_UK
local.rioxx.projectInternal Project|University of Stirling|
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