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A survey of patient attitudes to attending a lung cancer nurse specialist (LCNS) follow up clinic

Howison, H., Williamson, I., Ionescu, A., Edwards, L., Brewster, A. E., Noble, Simon Ian Robert ORCID:, Williams, S. and Piper, C. 2012. A survey of patient attitudes to attending a lung cancer nurse specialist (LCNS) follow up clinic. Lung Cancer 75 (Supp 1) , S32.

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Introduction: Analysis of local data from January to July 2011 identified that the number of patients diagnosed has risen by 34% (compared to 2010). Up to 30 patients attend a weekly clinic supported by Respiratory Physicians, Oncologist, Palliative Care Consultant and LCNS’s. NICE guidance state that each MDT should offer protocol driven LCNS follow up as an option for patients. The proposed LCNS clinic will run in parallel to the twice weekly Rapid Access Lung Cancer clinics. This survey was conducted to determine if this option would be acceptable to our patients. Method: 45 patients attending the lung cancer clinic completed a questionnaire to indicate who they would rather discuss the following concerns with LCNS only, Doctor only or both?: • Physical concerns (e.g. cough, pain, breathlessness & lethargy)• Emotional concerns (e.g. personal relationships, anxiety) • Practical concerns (e.g. income & finances, housing, child care) • Spiritual & religious concerns • Assessment of change in cancer • Chest x-ray review (reported following clinic by the consultant & patients are advised within 24 hours if there is any change in management) • Do you think that your needs and concerns could be met in a LCNS led clinic? Results: Completion of the survey varied, patients tended to answer only those questions that they felt were relevant to their current and previous needs: • 43 patients returned the survey (95%). • 58% of patients were happy with LCNS led follow up • 26% identified that they preferred Doctor led care • 16% did not identify their over all preference Conclusions: This initial patient survey has demonstrated that the majority of patients consider LCNS follow would meet their varying needs. The remaining questions and results will be analysed further. It is therefore planned to introduce the option of LCNS follow up for appropriately selected patients, beginning November 2011.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
Additional Information: Poster Abstracts of the 10th Annual BTOG Conference 2012 Dublin, Ireland 25–27 January 2012
Publisher: Dove Medical Press
ISSN: 1179-2728
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 10:17

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