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Modernising cancer and palliative care education: insights from one cancer network

Kelly, Daniel M., Gould, D., White, I. and Berridge, E. J. 2006. Modernising cancer and palliative care education: insights from one cancer network. European Journal of Oncology Nursing 10 (3) , pp. 187-197. 10.1016/j.ejon.2005.07.004

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This article reports on a scoping study into cancer education provision in one UK Cancer Network. A range of professionals (nurses, allied health professionals (AHPs), health care support workers and educationalists) were invited to participate in focus group or individual interviews, or to return questionnaires regarding their perceptions of training needs and current opportunities. This yielded data from a total of 94 participants. In addition, curriculum documents from local universities were subjected to thematic analysis. Findings from the relevant section of The National Cancer Patient Survey were also considered to provide insight into the expressed needs of local service users. Most cancer and palliative care education was directed towards nurses employed in specialist oncology settings. Some groups appeared to be poorly served (including community nurses, senior nurses and AHPs). No evidence could be found of inter-professional cancer or palliative care education within the university sector. Curriculum content did not appear to reflect the ethnic diversity or socio-economic deprivation that characterised the local heath economy. Further research is needed to determine how best to ensure that continuing professional education reflects the needs of all practitioners involved in cancer and palliative care.

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 nursing, Continuing professional education, Allied health professionals, Knowledge and skills framework, Cancer Networks
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1462-3889
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:53

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