Recognizing European cancer nursing: protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis of the evidence of effectiveness and value of cancer nursing

Pauline Campbell, Claire Torrens, Daniel Kelly, Andreas Charalambous, Nuria Domenech-Climent, Iveta Nohavova, Ulrika Östlund, Elisabeth Patiraki, David Salisbury, Lena Sharp, Theresa Wiseman, Wendy Oldenmenger, Mary Wells

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3144-3153
JournalJournal of Advanced Nursing
Volume73
Issue number12
Early online date25 Aug 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017

Keywords

  • cancer nursing
  • systematic review
  • patient experience

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    Campbell, P., Torrens, C., Kelly, D., Charalambous, A., Domenech-Climent, N., Nohavova, I., Östlund, U., Patiraki, E., Salisbury, D., Sharp, L., Wiseman, T., Oldenmenger, W., & Wells, M. (2017). Recognizing European cancer nursing: protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis of the evidence of effectiveness and value of cancer nursing. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 73(12), 3144-3153. https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.13392