Feature Reviews in Section "Oncology Nursing"

A special issue of Current Oncology (ISSN 1718-7729). This special issue belongs to the section "Oncology Nursing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2024 | Viewed by 634

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Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON M5S 1A1, Canada
Interests: supportive care; cancer care; palliative care; psychosocial oncology; oncology nursing; survivorship; clinical nursing research
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Department of Oncology, Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University, Quebec, QC H3A 0G4, Canada
Interests: person-centred cancer care; psycho-oncology interventions; mixed methods; digital health; multidisciplinary cancer team functioning; patient cancer experiences; cancer service navigation

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Princess Margaret Cancer Research Institute, Toronto, ON M5G 2M9, Canada
Interests: self-management; patient activation; symptoms; distress; patient reported outcomes; health coaching
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The landscape of cancer care is changing rapidly. Cancer is increasing in incidence and prevalence, resulting in an ever-growing number of survivors. Advances in science and technology are driving complexity in screening and treatment protocols, and trends in social change are influencing the nature of experiences that individuals have with health care. Disparities in cancer care not only continue to exist but are also increasingly common as economic and social change unfolds. Perhaps more than ever, individuals undergoing experiences with cancer care require assistance and support to navigate and cope with the complexities of disease management.

Over the years, oncology nurses have responded to changes in cancer care by designing innovative approaches to care, education, and research. As the landscape changes, oncology nurses need to continue to be creative and design new approaches. No longer will the usual ways of providing care be sustainable.

This Special Issue is an opportunity to profile the directions for change required in oncology nursing practice approaches. We are seeking papers which outline significant trends in new knowledge that have implications for the nursing care of individuals undergoing a cancer experience or descriptions of innovations in care which are relevant to future applications in oncology nursing. The focus can be on any aspect of the cancer trajectory, including prevention, screening and early detection, treatment, rehabilitation, survivorship, or palliative/end-of-life care. The population focus may be persons living through a care experience including individuals at risk or diagnosed with cancer, those living after completing primary treatment, or family caregivers.

We welcome original research, literature reviews, or perspective papers. Perspective papers must present background information which underpins the perspective(s) and a clear description of the implications for oncology nursing care. Study designs can be qualitative or quantitative. We are open to authors from disciplines other than nursing and authors from across the globe.  

We look forward to hearing from you.

Prof. Dr. Margaret Fitch
Prof. Dr. Carmen Loiselle
Prof. Dr. Doris Howell
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Current Oncology is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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Keywords

  • cancer care
  • survivor
  • oncology nursing

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Leveraging Nursing Assessment for Early Identification of Post Operative Gastrointestinal Dysfunction (POGD) in Patients Undergoing Colorectal Surgery
by Tessy Siby, Alice Shajimon, Daniel Mullen, Shahnaz Gillani, Jeffrey R. Ong, Nikki E. Dinkins, Brittany Kruse, Carla Patel, Craig Messick, Nicole Gourmelon, Mary R. Butler and Vijaya Gottumukkala
Curr. Oncol. 2024, 31(7), 3752-3757; https://doi.org/10.3390/curroncol31070276 - 29 Jun 2024
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Background: Postoperative gastrointestinal dysfunction (POGD) remains a common morbidity after gastrointestinal surgery. POGD is associated with delayed hospital recovery, increased length of stay, poor patient satisfaction and experience, and increased economic hardship. The I-FEED scoring system was created by a group of experts [...] Read more.
Background: Postoperative gastrointestinal dysfunction (POGD) remains a common morbidity after gastrointestinal surgery. POGD is associated with delayed hospital recovery, increased length of stay, poor patient satisfaction and experience, and increased economic hardship. The I-FEED scoring system was created by a group of experts to address the lack of a consistent objective definition of POGD. However, the I-FEED tool needs clinical validation before it can be adopted into clinical practice. The scope of this phase 1 Quality Improvement initiative involves the feasibility of implementing percussion into the nursing workflow without additional burden. Methods: All gastrointestinal/colorectal surgical unit registered nurses underwent comprehensive training in abdominal percussion. This involved understanding the technique, its application in postoperative gastrointestinal dysfunction assessment, and its integration into the existing nursing documentation in the Electronic Health Record (EHR). After six months of education and practice, a six-question survey was sent to all inpatient GI surgical unit nurses about incorporating the percussion assessment into their routine workflow and documentation. Results: Responses were received from 91% of day-shift nurses and 76% of night-shift registered nurses. Overall, 95% of the nurses were confident in completing the abdominal percussion during their daily assessment. Conclusion: Nurses’ effective use of the I-FEED tool may help improve patient outcomes after surgery. The tool could also be an effective instrument for the early identification of postoperative gastrointestinal dysfunction (POGD) in surgical patients. Full article
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