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Attitudes to cancer of medical and surgical nurses in a district general hospital

McCaughan, Eilis and Parahoo, Kader (2000) Attitudes to cancer of medical and surgical nurses in a district general hospital. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 4 (3). pp. 162-170. [Journal article]

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DOI: doi:10.1054/ejon.2000.0086


The personal beliefs and attitudes of nurses can have serious implications for their practice. Yet there are a lack of studies on nurses' attitudes to cancer in the UK in general, and in Northern Ireland specifically. The need for such studies is further emphasized by the importance of nurses' role in the Cancer Units of district general hospitals, as proposed by the Calman–Hine Report (Department of Health 1995). The aim of this study was to assess the attitudes to cancer of medical and surgical nurses who care for cancer patients in one district general hospital in Northern Ireland. A questionnaire comprising the Cancer Attitude Scale (Corner 1993) was administered to 106 qualified nurses. The response rate was 68.9% (n=73). Responses to items on the Cancer Attitude Scale show that while generally these nurses held positive attitudes, a high proportion also held negative views about cancer. Of particular concern were their attitudes to the value of active treatments. The implications of these findings are discussed.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Managing Chronic Illness Research Centre
ID Code:17917
Deposited By: Professor Eilis McCaughan
Deposited On:06 Apr 2011 14:29
Last Modified:05 Mar 2012 12:06

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