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|Title:||OPTIMIZING REGISTERED NURSE ROLES IN THE DELIVERY OF CANCER SURVIVORSHIP CARE WITHIN PRIMARY CARE SETTINGS|
|Keywords:||cancer survivorship care;nursing;primary care|
|Abstract:||Current models of cancer care delivery in Canada are unsustainable due to the rapidly increasing number of cancer survivors at a time when there is a shortage of human and financial resources. With improvements in early detection, diagnosis, and treatment; patients diagnosed with cancer are living longer. There is also growing recognition of the chronic nature of cancer. Provincial cancer agencies have introduced new models of post-treatment follow-up involving early transition of cancer survivors back to their primary care providers. There is limited research evidence about the role nurses working in primary care settings play in the delivery of post-treatment follow-up and cancer survivorship care (CSC). The purpose of this study was to identify and examine, from the perspective of registered nurses, the strengths, barriers, and opportunities for optimizing nursing roles in the delivery of CSC in primary care. A qualitative descriptive study was conducted. Participants were recruited through membership lists from the College of Nurses of Ontario and the Canadian Family Practice Nurses Association Ontario and snowball sampling. Purposeful and maximum variation sampling techniques were employed. Participants completed an oral demographic questionnaire and individual semi-structured in-depth telephone interviews. Data collection and data analysis were conducted concurrently. The final study sample included 18 primary care registered nurses from 9 of 14 Local Health Integration Networks across Ontario. Overall, participants’ involvement in CSC was quite limited. Registered nurse involvement in CSC was categorized into three relevant themes: care coordination and system navigation; emotional support, and facilitating access to community resources. Barriers and facilitators to optimizing nursing involvement in CSC related to individual participant, practice setting, and primary care team factors. Participants recommended multiple strategies for expanding the role of nurses in CSC.|
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