A Multimethod Evaluation of a Specialist Breast Care Nurse–Led Survivorship Clinic in Australia

Gay Refeld, Christobel Saunders, Niloufer Jahan Johansen, Elizabeth Sorial, Alannah Louise Cooper

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To compare the needs and issues faced by breast cancer survivors (BCSs) who received chemotherapy as part of their treatment with those who did not and assess satisfaction with a specialist breast care nurse–led survivorship clinic. SAMPLE & SETTING: BCSs who attended a specialist breast care nurse–led survivorship clinic at a Western Australian private, not-for-profit hospital. METHODS & VARIABLES: A multimethod evaluation included surveys, quality-of-life assessments, and reviews of wellness plans. RESULTS: A total of 68 BCSs participated; the majority had received chemotherapy as part of their treatment and were female. BCSs experienced a diverse range of issues. Significant differences were found between chemotherapy and nonchemotherapy groups for financial difficulties (p = 0.002), body image (p = 0.017), future perspective (p = 0.022), and arm symptoms (p = 0.007). Participants indicated that the specialist breast care nurse–led clinic was appropriately timed and highly valued. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING: Specialist breast care nurse–led clinics can identify and address BCSs’ ongoing needs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)753-764
Number of pages12
JournalOncology Nursing Forum
Volume50
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2023

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