Consumer perceptions of the effectiveness of a breast care nurse in providing holistic, coordinated care to women with breast cancer

Eley, Robert and Rogers-Clark, Cath (2012) Consumer perceptions of the effectiveness of a breast care nurse in providing holistic, coordinated care to women with breast cancer. Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 29 3: 56-61.

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Author Eley, Robert
Rogers-Clark, Cath
Title Consumer perceptions of the effectiveness of a breast care nurse in providing holistic, coordinated care to women with breast cancer
Journal name Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0813-0531
1447-4328
Publication date 2012-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 29
Issue 3
Start page 56
End page 61
Total pages 6
Place of publication Kingston, ACT, Australia
Publisher Australian Nursing Federation
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: To assess the effectiveness of a breast care nurse (BCN) in supporting women with breast cancer.

Design: Phone interview using a semi-structured questionnaire.

Setting: Large Australian regional health service.

Subjects: Women with breast cancer who either received care from the BCN (n=28) or did not receive care from the BCN (n=22).

Main outcome measure: Patient views of the value of information and support between the two groups.

Results: Significant differences were evident between the two groups. For 17 of 18 factors about information needs and quality participants supported by the BCN reported that more information and support needs were met than those without BCN support with statistically greater satisfaction (p<.05) demonstrated for five of the factors. There were also significant differences between the two groups for the timing of support pre and post treatment with those with BCN input indicating higher support in all cases.

Conclusion: The BCN model has been slow to be adopted in Queensland and this study supports continuation of the program and the creation of additional positions. There is clear evidence that a BCN role is accepted and effective in the health service. Furthermore the model of care coordination, support, information and referral has implications for other cancer streams.
Keyword Breast cancer
Breast care nurse
Model of care
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Mon, 15 Oct 2012, 22:23:33 EST by Rob Eley on behalf of Medicine - Princess Alexandra Hospital