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Title: Recognizing European cancer nursing: protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis of the evidence of effectiveness and value of cancer nursing
Authors: Campbell, Pauline 
Torrens, Claire 
Kelly, Daniel 
Charalambous, Andreas 
Domenech-Climent, Nuria 
Nohavova, Iveta 
Östlund, Ulrika 
Patiraki, Elisabeth 
Salisbury, David 
Sharp, Lena 
Wiseman, Theresa 
Oldenmenger, Wendy 
Wells, Mary 
Major Field of Science: Medical and Health Sciences
Field Category: Health Sciences
Keywords: Cancer;Cost;Effectiveness;Nurse-led;Nursing;Oncology PROMS;Patient care
Issue Date: Dec-2017
Source: Journal of Advanced Nursing, 2017, vol. 73, no. 12, pp. 3144-3153
Volume: 73
Issue: 12
Start page: 3144
End page: 3153
Journal: Journal of Advanced Nursing 
Abstract: Aim: To identify, appraise and synthesize the available evidence relating to the value and impact of cancer nursing on patient experience and outcomes. Background: There is a growing body of literature that recognizes the importance and contribution of cancer nurses, however, a comprehensive review examining how cancer nurses have an impact on care quality, patient outcomes and overall experience of cancer, as well as cost of services across the entire cancer spectrum is lacking. Design: A systematic review and meta-analysis using Cochrane methods. Methods: We will systematically search 10 electronic databases from 2000, with pre-determined search terms. No language restrictions will be applied. We will include all randomized and controlled before-and-after studies that compare cancer nursing interventions to a standard care or no intervention. Two reviewers will independently assess the eligibility of the studies and appraise methodological quality using the Cochrane Risk of Bias tool. Disagreements will be resolved by discussion and may involve a third reviewer if necessary. Data from included studies will be extracted in accordance with the Template for intervention Description and Replication reporting guidelines. Missing data will be actively sought from all trialists. Data will be synthesized in evidence tables and narrative to answer three key questions. If sufficient data are available, we will perform meta-analyses. Discussion: This review will allow us to systematically assess the impact of cancer nursing on patient care and experience. This evidence will be used to determine implications for clinical practice and used to inform future programme and policy decisions in Europe.
ISSN: 1365-2648
DOI: 10.1111/jan.13392
Rights: © Wiley
Type: Article
Affiliation : Glasgow Caledonian University 
University of Cardiff 
Cyprus University of Technology 
University of Alicante 
Charles University in Prague 
Uppsala University 
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens 
Macmillian Cancer Support 
Regional Cancer Centre Stockholm-Gotland 
The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust 
University of Southampton 
Erasmus MC Cancer Institute 
University of Stirling 
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