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An innovation in curriculum content and delivery of cancer education within undergraduate nurse training in the UK. What impact does this have on the knowledge, attitudes and confidence in delivering cancer care?

Edwards, Deborah Jayne, Anstey, Sally Vincent, Kelly, Daniel M. and Hopkinson, Jane B. 2016. An innovation in curriculum content and delivery of cancer education within undergraduate nurse training in the UK. What impact does this have on the knowledge, attitudes and confidence in delivering cancer care? European Journal of Oncology Nursing 21 , pp. 8-16. 10.1016/j.ejon.2015.12.003

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Abstract

Purpose: This was an evaluation of an innovation in curriculum content and delivery within undergraduate nursing education in the UK. Its purpose was to investigate the effect on knowledge, attitudes and confidence in delivering cancer care. Methods: The study design was a pre-test post-test survey design with a comparison group. Participants were two cohorts of undergraduate nursing students (nintervention ¼ 84, ncomparison ¼ 91). The intervention cohort were exposed to a new 3.5 day programme of cancer education, coproduced with patients, carers and health professionals, which focused on cancer as a life changing long-term condition. The comparison cohort had been exposed to a 2 day programme produced by a lecturer. Results: Following exposure to the new model for the delivery of undergraduate nurse cancer education, the intervention cohort demonstrated good overall knowledge of the impact of cancer, more positive attitudes towards cancer treatment and more confidence in their ability to deliver cancer care. Attitudes were more positive and confidence in ability to support cancer patients at all stages of the cancer journey were greater than in the comparison group. Insights gained into the cancer patient and carer perspectives were highly valued. Conclusions: This study has found that a new model for the delivery of cancer education focusing on survivorship and delivered in partnership with patients, carers and clinicians, may improve knowledge, attitudes and confidence in the delivery of cancer care. Further work is now needed, using a more robust experimental design, to investigate the generalisability of the results to other education programs.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Uncontrolled Keywords: Research; Cancer; Education; Nursing; Coproduction; Patient; Carer; Confidence; Knowledge; Attitudes
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1462-3889
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 15 December 2015
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2019 22:33
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/85901

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