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Caring and cancer nursing: framing the reality using selected social science theory

Kelly, Daniel M. 1998. Caring and cancer nursing: framing the reality using selected social science theory. Journal of Advanced Nursing 28 (4) , pp. 728-736. 10.1046/j.1365-2648.1998.00807.x

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Abstract

Despite the recent interest in caring for both academic and clinical nursing, the theoretical basis of this concept may appear somewhat elusive as the research and debate vary widely in their focus. As a result, the available literature may fail to consider the speci®c contextual issues which characterize caring as it is understood across different health care settings. Consideration of theory from disciplines close to nursing, it is suggested, may be useful in understanding the nature of such `real world' caring. In this discussion the concept of caring within cancer nursing is explored by drawing on a number of social science and nursing sources. It is known that cancer provokes unique caring demands for nurses practising in this area. By examining the context of cancer, it is argued that effective caring deserves to be recognized as an important clinical variable which can in¯uence a diverse range of issues such as patient satisfaction or therapeutic outcome. It is suggested that other nursing specialisms should also explore the psychosocial dimensions of caring in relation to their own role.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Uncontrolled Keywords: caring ; cancer nursing ; sociological and psychological theory.
Publisher: Blackwell
ISSN: 0309-2402
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:53
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/13406

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