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Preparation for cancer care: perceptions of newly qualified health care professionals.
Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2007 Apr; 11(2):159-67.EJ

Abstract

The present paper is derived from a larger survey which examined the perceptions of recently qualified health care professionals' experience on evidence-based practice, team working and cancer care. This study reports solely on the findings relating to cancer care. The perceptions of recently qualified professionals in relation to their initial educational input on issues such as confidence, anxiety, communication skills and practice in cancer care as well as adequacy of support, professional supervision and use of reflection were gathered using a cross-sectional postal survey design. A total of 50 graduates from each professional category in nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and social work were sampled yielding a total sample of 200. Eighty-five questionnaires were returned yielding a response rate of 43%. Twenty-eight (33%) respondents stated that they were currently involved in working with people with cancer. These were as follows: 5 nurses, 8 physiotherapists, 9 occupational therapists and 6 social workers. Despite the low response rate, the findings suggest that health care professionals' educational input and experiences of working with people with cancer were overall positive; for example, in the respondents' confidence, communication skills, decrease in anxiety and application of knowledge gained in classroom to professional practice. Moreover, most respondents learnt about caring for cancer patients through practice rather than classroom teaching. A high percentage (i.e. 64%;18) across all groups felt supported when caring for people with cancer and reported receiving professional supervision as well as being able to actively reflect on their practice. The implications for education and practice were discussed particularly as there have been few studies conducted in relation to the specific needs and collaborative learning of these health care professional groups.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Cancer and Palliative Care, Middlesex University, The Archway Campus, Highgate Hill, London N19 5LW, UK. g.copp@mdx.ac.ukNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

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Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17126078

Citation

Copp, Gina, et al. "Preparation for Cancer Care: Perceptions of Newly Qualified Health Care Professionals." European Journal of Oncology Nursing : the Official Journal of European Oncology Nursing Society, vol. 11, no. 2, 2007, pp. 159-67.
Copp G, Caldwell K, Atwal A, et al. Preparation for cancer care: perceptions of newly qualified health care professionals. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2007;11(2):159-67.
Copp, G., Caldwell, K., Atwal, A., Brett-Richards, M., & Coleman, K. (2007). Preparation for cancer care: perceptions of newly qualified health care professionals. European Journal of Oncology Nursing : the Official Journal of European Oncology Nursing Society, 11(2), 159-67.
Copp G, et al. Preparation for Cancer Care: Perceptions of Newly Qualified Health Care Professionals. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2007;11(2):159-67. PubMed PMID: 17126078.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Preparation for cancer care: perceptions of newly qualified health care professionals. AU - Copp,Gina, AU - Caldwell,Kay, AU - Atwal,Anita, AU - Brett-Richards,Madeline, AU - Coleman,Kate, Y1 - 2006/11/27/ PY - 2006/04/20/received PY - 2006/08/22/revised PY - 2006/09/20/accepted PY - 2006/11/28/pubmed PY - 2007/5/30/medline PY - 2006/11/28/entrez SP - 159 EP - 67 JF - European journal of oncology nursing : the official journal of European Oncology Nursing Society JO - Eur J Oncol Nurs VL - 11 IS - 2 N2 - The present paper is derived from a larger survey which examined the perceptions of recently qualified health care professionals' experience on evidence-based practice, team working and cancer care. This study reports solely on the findings relating to cancer care. The perceptions of recently qualified professionals in relation to their initial educational input on issues such as confidence, anxiety, communication skills and practice in cancer care as well as adequacy of support, professional supervision and use of reflection were gathered using a cross-sectional postal survey design. A total of 50 graduates from each professional category in nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and social work were sampled yielding a total sample of 200. Eighty-five questionnaires were returned yielding a response rate of 43%. Twenty-eight (33%) respondents stated that they were currently involved in working with people with cancer. These were as follows: 5 nurses, 8 physiotherapists, 9 occupational therapists and 6 social workers. Despite the low response rate, the findings suggest that health care professionals' educational input and experiences of working with people with cancer were overall positive; for example, in the respondents' confidence, communication skills, decrease in anxiety and application of knowledge gained in classroom to professional practice. Moreover, most respondents learnt about caring for cancer patients through practice rather than classroom teaching. A high percentage (i.e. 64%;18) across all groups felt supported when caring for people with cancer and reported receiving professional supervision as well as being able to actively reflect on their practice. The implications for education and practice were discussed particularly as there have been few studies conducted in relation to the specific needs and collaborative learning of these health care professional groups. SN - 1462-3889 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17126078/Preparation_for_cancer_care:_perceptions_of_newly_qualified_health_care_professionals_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1462-3889(06)00179-7 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -