Psychosocial care in oncology nursing: a study of social knowledge
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2001
Journal of Clinical Nursing
Volume 8, Issue 1, pages 39–47, January 1999
How to Cite
Roberts, D. and SNOWBALL, J. (1999), Psychosocial care in oncology nursing: a study of social knowledge. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 8: 39–47. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2702.1999.00210.x
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2001
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2001
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- focus group;
- nurse–patient interaction;
• A combination of focus group and individual interviews aimed to examine psychosocial aspects of nursing within a social context and social knowledge held by two teams of ward-based oncology nurses.
• Five core categories of knowledge emerged: knowledge of how to care, knowledge of the patient, knowledge of the ward, knowledge of nurses coping, and knowledge of involvement.
• Involvement or emotional closeness was seen as a necessary, inevitable and potentially stressful feature of psychosocial care.
• The authors conclude that interpersonal and professional aspects of nursing must be balanced in order to provide effective psychosocial care.