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Follow-up for people with cancer: nurse-led services and telephone interventions

Review published: 2003.

Bibliographic details: Cox K, Wilson E.  Follow-up for people with cancer: nurse-led services and telephone interventions. Journal of Advanced Nursing 2003; 43(1): 51-61. [PubMed: 12801396]


BACKGROUND: Questions about the suitability of traditional outpatient follow-up clinics as a way of providing on-going monitoring for patients following serious illness have led to the development of a range of nurse-led services. However, there has been little attempt to draw some of this knowledge together formally and consider the weight of evidence on the necessity and value of nurse-led follow-up.

AIM: To provide a review of literature evaluating the impact of nurse led follow-up in cancer care, with particular focus on the use and value of telephone interventions.

METHOD: A literature search was conducted of nursing, medical and social science databases and the following keywords: cancer follow-up, nurse-led follow-up, telephone follow-up, telephone-based interventions and telephone survey. The search yielded over 150 papers, of which 37 were relevant to this review.

FINDINGS: The literature suggests that nurse-led follow-up for people with cancer meets their needs for psychological support and information. The telephone is identified as a suitable means of providing this kind of service.

CONCLUSION: This review demonstrates that nurse-led follow-up services are acceptable, appropriate and effective. Combined with use of the telephone, such services can be an efficient means of maintaining contact with a large client group, providing vital support to vulnerable patients during their move into aftercare and beyond.

CRD has determined that this article meets the DARE scientific quality criteria for a systematic review.

Copyright © 2014 University of York.

PMID: 12801396

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