Follow-up for people with cancer: nurse-led services and telephone interventions
Article first published online: 11 JUN 2003
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Volume 43, Issue 1, pages 51–61, July 2003
How to Cite
Cox, K. and Wilson, E. (2003), Follow-up for people with cancer: nurse-led services and telephone interventions. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 43: 51–61. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2648.2003.02672.x
- Issue published online: 11 JUN 2003
- Article first published online: 11 JUN 2003
- Submitted for publication 6 March 2002 Accepted for publication 31 March 2003
- outpatient follow-up;
- nurse-led telephone interventions;
- cancer care;
Background. Questions about the suitability of traditional outpatient follow-up clinics as a way of providing on-going monitoring for patients following serious illness have led to the development of a range of nurse-led services. However, there has been little attempt to draw some of this knowledge together formally and consider the weight of evidence on the necessity and value of nurse-led follow-up.
Aim. To provide a review of literature evaluating the impact of nurse led follow-up in cancer care, with particular focus on the use and value of telephone interventions.
Method. A literature search was conducted of nursing, medical and social science databases and the following keywords: cancer follow-up, nurse-led follow-up, telephone follow-up, telephone-based interventions and telephone survey. The search yielded over 150 papers, of which 37 were relevant to this review.
Findings. The literature suggests that nurse-led follow-up for people with cancer meets their needs for psychological support and information. The telephone is identified as a suitable means of providing this kind of service.
Conclusion. This review demonstrates that nurse-led follow-up services are acceptable, appropriate and effective. Combined with use of the telephone, such services can be an efficient means of maintaining contact with a large client group, providing vital support to vulnerable patients during their move into aftercare and beyond.