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Implementing a primary healthcare framework: the importance of nursing leadership in developing and maintaining a brain tumor support group

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Nichols, LJ and Wright, KM, Implementing a primary healthcare framework: the importance of nursing leadership in developing and maintaining a brain tumor support group, Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 19, (4) pp. 463-467. ISSN 1092-1095 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2015 Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing

DOI: doi:10.1188/15.CJON.463-467

Abstract

Background: Although brain tumor support groups have been available internationally for many years, Liverpool Hospital in Australia has not traditionally provided this service. As a leadership initiative, the development of a brain tumor support group that incorporates a primary healthcare framework is a sustainable approach that showcases the role of nursing leaders in changing attitudes and improving outcomes.

Objectives: The purpose of this review of the literature and reflection of clinical experience is to explore nursing leadership within brain tumor–specific support groups.

Methods: This article will showcase a nurse-led group that incorporated a coordinated approach to delivering patient-centered care.

Findings: The initiation of activities and interventions that reflected the five tenets of primary health care resulted in improved outcomes for individuals and their family caregivers throughout the trajectory of their illness. Vital to the success of this project was moving from a standalone leader to building collective and collaborative leadership more conducive to facilitating change. The support group successfully demonstrated that individuals and family caregivers may see ongoing and long-term improvements during and following treatment.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:primary health care, cancer care coordination, brain tumors, support groups
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Clinical Nursing: Tertiary (Rehabilitative)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions)
Objective Field:Cancer and Related Disorders
Author:Nichols, LJ (Mrs Linda Nichols)
ID Code:102217
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2015-08-05
Last Modified:2017-11-02
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