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Nurses' decision-making about cancer patients end of life skin care in Wales: an exploratory mixed method vignette study protocol

Samuriwo, Raymond ORCID:, Candida, Lovell-Smith, Anstey, Sally ORCID:, Job, Claire ORCID: and Hopkinson, Jane ORCID: 2020. Nurses' decision-making about cancer patients end of life skin care in Wales: an exploratory mixed method vignette study protocol. BMJ Open 10 (7) , e034938. 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-034938

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Introduction Patients with cancer are at high risk of developing pressure ulcers at the end of life as a result of their underlying condition or cancer treatment. There are many guidelines which set out best practice with regard to end-of-life skin care. However, the complexity of palliative cancer care often means that it is challenging for nurses to make the appropriate person-centred decisions about end-of-life skin care. This study seeks to explore the perceived importance that nurses place on different factors in their end-of-life skin care for patients with cancer. The utility, face validity and content validity of a prototype decision-making tool for end-of-life skin care will also be evaluated. Methods and analysis A mixed-method design will be used to gather data from primary and secondary care nurses working in different hospitals and local authority areas across Wales. Clinical vignettes will be used to gather qualitative and quantitative data from nurses in individual interviews. Qualitative data will be subject to thematic analysis and quantitative data will be subject to descriptive statistical analysis. Qualitative and quantitative data will then be synthesised, which will enhance the rigour of this study, and pertinently inform the further development of an end-of-life skin care decision-making tool for patients with cancer. Ethics and dissemination Ethical approval to undertake the study has been granted by Cardiff University School of Healthcare Sciences Research Governance and Ethics Screening Committee. Informed consent will be obtained in writing from all the participants in this study. The results of this study will be disseminated through journal articles, as well as presentations at national and international conferences. We will also report our findings to patient and public involvement groups with an interest in improving cancer care, palliative care as well as skin care.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN: 2044-6055
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 22 June 2020
Date of Acceptance: 3 June 2020
Last Modified: 06 May 2023 01:59

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