The role of oncology nurses in discussing clinical trials

Sue Flocke, Elizabeth Antognoli, Barbara J. Daly, Brigid Jackson, Sarah E. Fulton, Tasnuva M. Liu, Jessica Surdam, Sharon Manne, Neal J. Meropol

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Abstract

Purpose/Objectives: To describe oncology nurses' experiences discussing clinical trials with their patients, and to assess barriers to these discussions. Research Approach: A qualitative study designed to elicit narratives from oncology nurses. Setting: Community-and academic-based oncology clinics throughout the United States. Participants: 33 oncology nurses involved in direct patient care in community-based and large hospital-based settings. The sample was drawn from members of the Oncology Nursing Society. Methodologic Approach: In-depth interviews were conducted and analyzed using a immersion/crystallization approach to identify themes and patterns. The analyses highlight specific issues, examples, and contexts that present challenges to clinical trial discussions with patients. Findings: Oncology nurses view their roles as patient educators and advocates to be inclusive of discussion of clinical trials. Barriers to such discussions include lack of knowledge and strategies for addressing patients' common misconceptions and uncertainty about the timing of discussions. Interpretation: These data indicate that enabling nurses to actively engage patients in discussions of clinical trials requires educational interventions to build self-efficacy and close knowledge gaps. Implications for Nursing: Oncology nurses can play a critical role in advancing cancer care by supporting patients in decision making about clinical trial participation. This will require training and education to build their knowledge, reduce barriers, and increase their self-efficacy to fulfill this responsibility in various clinical settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)547-553
Number of pages7
JournalOncology nursing forum
Volume44
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Cancer
  • Clinical trials
  • Communication
  • Research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology(nursing)

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Flocke, S., Antognoli, E., Daly, B. J., Jackson, B., Fulton, S. E., Liu, T. M., ... Meropol, N. J. (2017). The role of oncology nurses in discussing clinical trials. Oncology nursing forum, 44(5), 547-553. https://doi.org/10.1188/17.ONF.547-552

The role of oncology nurses in discussing clinical trials. / Flocke, Sue; Antognoli, Elizabeth; Daly, Barbara J.; Jackson, Brigid; Fulton, Sarah E.; Liu, Tasnuva M.; Surdam, Jessica; Manne, Sharon; Meropol, Neal J.

In: Oncology nursing forum, Vol. 44, No. 5, 01.09.2017, p. 547-553.

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Flocke, S, Antognoli, E, Daly, BJ, Jackson, B, Fulton, SE, Liu, TM, Surdam, J, Manne, S & Meropol, NJ 2017, 'The role of oncology nurses in discussing clinical trials', Oncology nursing forum, vol. 44, no. 5, pp. 547-553. https://doi.org/10.1188/17.ONF.547-552
Flocke S, Antognoli E, Daly BJ, Jackson B, Fulton SE, Liu TM et al. The role of oncology nurses in discussing clinical trials. Oncology nursing forum. 2017 Sep 1;44(5):547-553. https://doi.org/10.1188/17.ONF.547-552
Flocke, Sue ; Antognoli, Elizabeth ; Daly, Barbara J. ; Jackson, Brigid ; Fulton, Sarah E. ; Liu, Tasnuva M. ; Surdam, Jessica ; Manne, Sharon ; Meropol, Neal J. / The role of oncology nurses in discussing clinical trials. In: Oncology nursing forum. 2017 ; Vol. 44, No. 5. pp. 547-553.
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