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Exploring the actual and potential role of the primary care nurse in the prevention of cancer: a mixed methods study"

McIlfatrick, Sonja, Keeney, Sinead and McKenna, HP (2013) Exploring the actual and potential role of the primary care nurse in the prevention of cancer: a mixed methods study". European Journal of Cancer Care, 12119 . [Journal article]

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URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ecc.12119/abstract

DOI: 10.1111/ecc.12119

Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the actual and the potential role of the primary care nurse (PCN)in the prevention of cancer. International studies have indicated that a range of strategies can have an impacton the incidence of cancer. Due to their frequent front-line contact with the public, PCNs can play an importantrole in the primary prevention of cancer. Nonetheless, there is a lack of information on their actual andpotential role in cancer prevention. A sequential confirmatory mixed methods approach was used. Postalquestionnaires were administered to PCNs [n = 500; 225 returns (response rate 45%)] followed by semistructuredinterviews (n = 15). PCNs provided high levels of cancer prevention activities, specifically focusingon smoking cessation, obesity and cervical screening.They considered that their cancer prevention role could be improved through additional practice-basedtraining and more collaborative inter-professional working. They also identified the need for a better understandingof how to change people’s attitudes and behaviours regarding cancer prevention. Evidence from thisstudy provide important insights into the potential of the PCN to empower individuals to take responsibilityfor their own health and make more informed lifestyle choices.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Health Promotion and Adolescent Health
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Managing Chronic Illness Research Centre
ID Code:26913
Deposited By: Professor Sonja McIlfatrick
Deposited On:17 Sep 2013 14:28
Last Modified:30 Jun 2017 11:06

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