Metastatic spinal cord compression: a review of practice and care

Lynn Kilbride, Marie Cox, Catriona M. Kennedy, Siew Hwa Lee, Robin Grant

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The aim of this review was to address: (1) How is spinal stability assessed? (2) What is the role of bracing/should braces be used? (3) When is it safe to mobilise the patient? (4) What position should the patient be nursed in? Controversy surrounds the care for patients with metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC). There is some evidence to indicate that care for patients with MSCC is based on individual clinician preference rather than evidence-based guidelines which has been shown to cause delays and discrepancies in patient treatment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1767-1783
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Clinical Nursing
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010


  • spinal stability
  • patient treatment
  • spinal cord compression


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