Caring for cancer patients with an intellectual disability: Attitudes and care perceptions of UK oncology nurses

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/620909
Title:
Caring for cancer patients with an intellectual disability: Attitudes and care perceptions of UK oncology nurses
Authors:
Flynn, Samantha; Hulbert-Williams, Lee; Bramwell, Ros; Stevens-Gill, Debbie; Hulbert-Williams, Nicholas
Abstract:
Purpose: Caring for people with cancer or an intellectual disability (ID) is stressful: little is known about the combined impact of caring for cancer patients with an ID, though this is expected to be especially challenging. Method: Eighty-three nurses, working in oncology or a related field (i.e. palliative care) were recruited. Perceptions of caring for patients with and without an ID were measured, alongside potentially confounding information about participant demographic characteristics and perceived stress. Results: Participants felt less comfortable communicating with patients with an ID about their illness (F(1,82) = 59.52, p < 0.001), more reliant on a caregiver for communication (F(1,82) = 26.29, p < 0.001), and less confident that the patient's needs would be identified (F(1,82) = 42.03, p < 0.001) and met (F(1,81) = 62.90, p < 0.001). Participants also believed that caring for this patient group would induce more stress, compared with patients without an ID (F(1,81) = 31.592, p < 0.001). Previous experience working with ID patient groups appears to mitigate some perceptions about providing care to this population. Conclusions: Caring for cancer patients with an ID may intensify this, already difficult, role. Through training and knowledge exchange, oncology nurse's confidence in communication, providing appropriate care, and positivity towards this patient group may be improved.
Citation:
Caring for cancer patients with an intellectual disability: Attitudes and care perceptions of UK oncology nurses 2015, 19 (5):568 European Journal of Oncology Nursing
Publisher:
Elsevier
Journal:
European Journal of Oncology Nursing
Issue Date:
Oct-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/620909
DOI:
10.1016/j.ejon.2015.03.002
Additional Links:
http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1462388915000459
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
14623889
Sponsors:
Chester University, University of Wolverhampton
Appears in Collections:
Psychology

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dc.contributor.authorFlynn, Samanthaen
dc.contributor.authorHulbert-Williams, Leeen
dc.contributor.authorBramwell, Rosen
dc.contributor.authorStevens-Gill, Debbieen
dc.contributor.authorHulbert-Williams, Nicholasen
dc.date.accessioned2017-11-28T15:05:50Z-
dc.date.available2017-11-28T15:05:50Z-
dc.date.issued2015-10-
dc.identifier.citationCaring for cancer patients with an intellectual disability: Attitudes and care perceptions of UK oncology nurses 2015, 19 (5):568 European Journal of Oncology Nursingen
dc.identifier.issn14623889-
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.ejon.2015.03.002-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/620909-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: Caring for people with cancer or an intellectual disability (ID) is stressful: little is known about the combined impact of caring for cancer patients with an ID, though this is expected to be especially challenging. Method: Eighty-three nurses, working in oncology or a related field (i.e. palliative care) were recruited. Perceptions of caring for patients with and without an ID were measured, alongside potentially confounding information about participant demographic characteristics and perceived stress. Results: Participants felt less comfortable communicating with patients with an ID about their illness (F(1,82) = 59.52, p < 0.001), more reliant on a caregiver for communication (F(1,82) = 26.29, p < 0.001), and less confident that the patient's needs would be identified (F(1,82) = 42.03, p < 0.001) and met (F(1,81) = 62.90, p < 0.001). Participants also believed that caring for this patient group would induce more stress, compared with patients without an ID (F(1,81) = 31.592, p < 0.001). Previous experience working with ID patient groups appears to mitigate some perceptions about providing care to this population. Conclusions: Caring for cancer patients with an ID may intensify this, already difficult, role. Through training and knowledge exchange, oncology nurse's confidence in communication, providing appropriate care, and positivity towards this patient group may be improved.en
dc.description.sponsorshipChester University, University of Wolverhamptonen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherElsevieren
dc.relation.urlhttp://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1462388915000459en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to European Journal of Oncology Nursingen
dc.subjectOncology nursesen
dc.subjectintellectual disabilitiesen
dc.subjectcanceren
dc.subjectstressen
dc.subjectknowledgeen
dc.subjectcommunicationen
dc.titleCaring for cancer patients with an intellectual disability: Attitudes and care perceptions of UK oncology nursesen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalEuropean Journal of Oncology Nursingen
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