The importance of information giving for patients newly diagnosed with cancer: a review of the literature

Authors

  • Moyra E. Mills BSc, PgDip, RGN,

    1. Thoracic Research Nurse, Northern Ireland Regional Thoracic Surgery Department, The Royal Hospitals, Grosvenor Road, Belfast BT12 6BA, UK,
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  • Kate Sullivan BSc, DPhil, RGN, RCNT, RNT

    1. Lecturer in Nursing, School of Health Sciences, University of Ulster at Jordanstown, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim BT37 0QB, UK
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Moyra Mills Northern Ireland Regional Thoracic Surgery Department, The Royal Hospitals, Grosvenor Road, Belfast BT12 6BA, UK.

Abstract

• The importance of information giving has been recognized and promoted in political, ethical and professional arenas and this has ultimately resulted in the publication of a vast amount of literature relating to the subject.

• This literature review considers the functions of patient information and the factors influencing information seeking for patients who have been diagnosed with cancer.

• Methods of providing information are discussed and the nurse’s role in information giving is examined.

• A number of core problems are highlighted in relation to information giving. These problems, and possible reasons for them, are subsequently critically analysed.

• Finally, the literature relating to information needs of patients with cancer is evaluated and five key needs identified.

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