A Randomized controlled trial to evaluate the impact of a Nurse Navigator Programme on outcomes of people with breast cancer: study protocol

Shejila, CH and Pai, Mamatha S and Fernandes, Donald J and Mathew, Stanley and Binu, VS and Chakrabarty, Jyothi and Devi, Elsa Sanatombi and George, Anice and Nayak, Baby S (2016) A Randomized controlled trial to evaluate the impact of a Nurse Navigator Programme on outcomes of people with breast cancer: study protocol. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 73 (4). pp. 977-988.

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Abstract

Aim: To evaluate the effectiveness of a Nurse Navigator Programme on anxiety, psychological distress and quality of life in people with breast cancer. Background: Breast cancer is the most frequently detected malignancy and a major cause of cancer death among women around the world. The lengthy course of illness from initial diagnosis to treatment and subsequent follow-up causes deterioration in physical, psychological and social status among patients. Nurses have a major role in cancer care. As women with breast cancer have to undergo various treatment modalities, continued care by a pivot nurse is thought to enhance treatment adherence. Limited studies have been reported from developing countries on Nurse Navigation Programmes. Design: A Stratified Randomized controlled trial with repeated measures. Methods: One hundred and twenty newly diagnosed women with breast cancer admitted to surgery wards of a tertiary care hospital in South India will be recruited. (Project funded in Octo"ber 2014). Women are randomly allocated to a control and intervention group. The outcome variables are anxiety, psychological distress and quality of life. Data on outcome measures will be collected at five different time points: before surgery, at discharge, beginning of adjuvant therapy, middle of adjuvant therapy and at the end of adjuvant therapy. Discussion: This study may give evidence on the effectiveness of a Nurse Navigator Programme for women with breast cancer. If significant effects were detected, the programme could be integrated into hospital services to improve the patient care.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Anxiety; breast cancer; depression; Nurse Navigator Programme; nursing intervention; psychological distress; quality of life; supportive care.
Subjects: Departments at MU > Statistics
Nursing > MCON Manipal > Child Health
Nursing > MCON Manipal > Medical Surgical
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Radiology
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Surgery
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2017 03:58
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2017 03:58
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/148725

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