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Learning from the experiences of cancer patients and their carers

Job, Claire ORCID:, Anstey, Sally ORCID: and Hopkinson, Jane B. ORCID: 2016. Learning from the experiences of cancer patients and their carers. Cancer Nursing Practice 15 (4) , pp. 14-20. 10.7748/cnp.15.4.14.s18

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UK cancer policy aims to improve the quality of cancer services and enhance the experience of people affected by cancer. A recognised barrier to improving services is healthcare professionals’ lack of insight into patients’ and carers’ experiences; this article reports on the process of integrating these into a cancer education programme for nursing students. The cancer academic team identified patients and carers to help co-produce the programme. Students had an opportunity to listen to patients’ and carers’ stories and to learn from – rather than about – patients. Small-group work enabled patients, carers and students to explore the cancer experience in a safe and supportive setting. Working collaboratively with people affected by cancer ensured that the focus was on their experience, placing it at the core of the cancer education programme.

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: cancer, education, nursing students, patient and carer involvement, patient experience
Publisher: RCN Publishing
ISSN: 1475-4266
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 16 June 2016
Date of Acceptance: 18 March 2016
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 18:11

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