Journals International Journal of Nursing Studies

International Journal of Nursing Studies
Cancer care
Clinical trials
Background: Advances in research and technology coupled with an increased cancer incidence and prevalence have resulted in significant expansion of cancer nurse role, in order to meet the growing demands and expectations of people affected by cancer (PABC). Cancer nurses are also tasked with delivering an increasing number of complex interventions as a result of ongoing clinical trials in cancer research. However much of this innovation is undocumented, and we have little insight about the nature of novel interventions currently being designed or delivered by cancer nurses. Objectives: To identify and synthesise the available evidence from clinical trials on interventions delivered or facilitated by cancer nurses. Data sources and review methods: A systematic review of randomised controlled trials (RCT), quasi-RCTs and controlled before and after studies (CBA) of cancer nursing interventions aimed at improving the experience and outcomes of PABC. Ten electronic databases (CENTRAL, MEDLINE, AMED, CINAHL, EMBASE, Epistemonikos, CDSR, DARE, HTA, WHO ICTRP) were searched between 01 January 2000 and 31 May 2016. No language restrictions were applied. Bibliographies of selected studies and relevant Cochrane reviews were also hand-searched. Interventions delivered by cancer nurses were classified according to the OMAHA System. Heat maps were used to highlight the volume of evidence available for different cancer groups, intervention types and stage of cancer care continuum. Results: The search identified 22,450 records; we screened 16,169 abstracts and considered 925 full papers, of which 214 studies (247,550 participants) were included in the evidence synthesis. The majority of studies were conducted in Europe (n = 79) and USA (n = 74). Interventions were delivered across the cancer continuum from prevention and risk reduction to survivorship, with the majority of interventions delivered during the treatment phase (n = 137). Most studies (131/214) had a teaching, guidance or counselling component. Cancer nurse interventions were targeted at primarily breast, prostate or multiple cancers. No studies were conducted in brain, sarcoma or other rare cancer types. The majority of the studies (n = 153) were nurse-led and delivered by specialist cancer nurses (n = 74) or advanced cancer nurses (n = 29), although the quality of reporting was poor. Conclusions: To the best of our knowledge, this is the first review to synthesise evidence from intervention studies across the entire cancer spectrum. As such, this work provides new insights into the nature of the contribution that cancer nurses have made to evidence-based innovations, as well as highlighting areas in which cancer nursing trials can be developed in the future.
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1Feb-2023A caring and living environment that supports the spirituality of older people with dementia: A hermeneutic phenomenological studyToivonen, Kristiina ; Charalambous, Andreas ; Suhonen, Riitta 
2Oct-2018A scoping review of trials of interventions led or delivered by cancer nursesCharalambous, Andreas ; Wells, Mary ; Campbell, Pauline ; Torrens, Claire ; Östlund, Ulrika ; Oldenmenger, Wendy ; Patiraki, Elisabeth ; Sharp, Lena ; Nohavova, Iveta ; Domenech-Climent, Nuria ; Eicher, Manuela ; Farrell, Carole ; Larsson, Maria ; Olsson, Cecilia ; Simpson, Mhairi ; Wiseman, Theresa ; Kelly, Daniel 
3Sep-2018How family caregivers of cancer patients manage symptoms at home: a systematic reviewUllgren, Helena ; Tsitsi, Theologia ; Papastavrou, Evridiki ; Charalambous, Andreas 
417-Aug-2018Ethical elements in priority setting in nursing care: A scoping reviewSuhonen, Riitta ; Stolt, Minna ; Habermann, Monika ; Hjaltadottir, Ingibjörg ; Vryonides, Stavros ; Tonnessen, Siri ; Halvorssen, Kristin ; Harvey, Clare ; Toffoli, Luisa ; Scott, P. Anne 
51-Sep-2016An international study of hospitalized cancer patients’ health status, nursing care quality, perceived individuality in care and trust in nurses: A path analysisCharalambous, Andreas ; Radwin, Laurel E. ; Berg, Agneta C. ; Sjövall, Katarina ; Patiraki, Elisabeth ; Lemonidou, Chryssoula ; Katajisto, Jouko K. ; Suhonen, Riitta A. 
6Jan-2015The relationship between individualized care and the practice environment: an international studyPapastavrou, Evridiki ; Acaroglub, Rengin ; Sendir, Merdiye ; Berg, Agneta C. ; Efstathiou, Georgios ; Idvall, Ewa ; Kalafati, Maria ; Katajisto, Jouko ; Leino-Kilpi, Helena ; Lemonidou, Chryssoula ; da Luz, Maria Deolinda Antunes ; Suhonen, Riitta 
7May-2012Effectiveness of heart failure management programmes with nurse-led discharge planning in reducing re-admissions: A systematic review and meta-analysisKalogirou, Fotini ; Lamnisos, Demetris ; Sourtzi, Panayota A. ; Lambrinou, Ekaterini 
82010Interpreting patients as a means of clinical practice: introducing nursing hermeneuticsCharalambous, Andreas 
92008What Greek mothers know about evaluation and treatment of fever in children: An interview studyMatziou, Vasiliki N. ; Brokalaki, Hero ; Kyritsi, Helen ; Perdikaris, Pantelis ; Gymnopoulou, Elpida ; Merkouris, Anastasios 
10May-2004Evaluation of patient satisfaction with nursing care: quantitative or qualitative approach?Papathanassoglou, Elizabeth ; Lemonidou, Chryssoula ; Merkouris, Anastasios 
11May-2004Personal and professional pain experiences and pain management knowledge among Greek nursesPapathanassoglou, Elizabeth ; Patiraki, Elisabeth ; Tafas, Cheryl