Self care and end of life care in advanced cancer: Literature review

Johnston, B. , McGill, M., Milligan, S., McElroy, D., Foster, C. and Kearney, N. (2009) Self care and end of life care in advanced cancer: Literature review. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 13(5), pp. 386-398. (doi:10.1016/j.ejon.2009.04.003) (PMID:19501021)

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Background: Self care is a key feature of health care policy in the UK. It has been suggested that self care by patients with cancer improves quality of life, symptom management, and patient satisfaction. However, little is known about self care and end of life care. Objectives: This review sets out to find out what is known about how people experiencing end of life care manage their illness themselves, in the advanced stages of their disease. Methods: A systematic review was conducted; searching key databases; extracting relevant literature, using RefMan, NVIVO; grading, analysing, and appraising the literature. Results: Eighteen articles were included in the review. Themes identified were; interventions for end of life care; self care behaviours used by patients; factors that prevent patients to self care. Conclusion: The nurses’ role in supporting self care for people with advanced cancer is important. The review identifies various ways nurses can empower patients to self care related to oncology.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This review was conducted as part of a postdoctoral research fellowship funded by Medical Research Scotland.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Johnston, Professor Bridget
Authors: Johnston, B., McGill, M., Milligan, S., McElroy, D., Foster, C., and Kearney, N.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Nursing and Health Care
Journal Name:European Journal of Oncology Nursing
Published Online:04 June 2009

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