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Potential for identification of memory problems in the cancer clinic to enable improved treatment experience and outcomes: mixed methods case study research

Hopkinson, Jane, King, Amanda, Courtier, Nicholas, Milton, Rebecca and Elias, Jayne 2020. Potential for identification of memory problems in the cancer clinic to enable improved treatment experience and outcomes: mixed methods case study research. European Journal of Oncology Nursing 48 , 101777. 10.1016/j.ejon.2020.101777
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Abstract

Purpose To inform improvement in cancer treatment experience and outcomes for people with dementia or milder cognitive impairment. People with dementia, compared to those without, experience more side effects from cancer treatment and have poorer outcomes including poorer survival. Methods The research was a mixed methods exploratory case study. Each case was a cancer treatment in a person with memory loss, a common symptom of dementia. Observations were conducted in 30 clinic sessions at one cancer centre between September 2014 and February 2015. Thirty-three encounters between people with a memory problem and a staff member were observed and ten consultations recorded. Interviews were conducted with five staff members and six people receiving cancer treatment, five accompanied by their carer. Analysis, informed by hermeneutic phenomenology, enabled the treatment pathway to be mapped and modelled to reveal sites for intervention. Findings Five potential sites of intervention were identified in the treatment pathway. Five actions at the sites of intervention that may improve patient experience and outcomes include, raising awareness of common problems for people with cognitive impairment receiving cancer treatment, encouraging disclosure of memory problems, staff training to identify memory problems and to know what to do, offering tools and techniques to aid self-management of memory problems, and addressing carer support needs. Conclusion Embedding biomedical treatment of cancer within a dementia-friendly psychosocial system may enable safe cancer treatment for a greater number of people with dementia or milder cognitive impairment.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Medicine
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1462-3889
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 19 June 2020
Date of Acceptance: 3 June 2020
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2020 12:43
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/132623

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