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Knowledge and skills of cancer clinical trials nurses in Australia


Scott, K and White, K and Johnson, C and Roydhouse, J, Knowledge and skills of cancer clinical trials nurses in Australia, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68, (5) pp. 1111-1121. ISSN 0309-2402 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05816.x


Aims. This paper is a report of the development and testing of a questionnaire measuring knowledge and skills of cancer clinical trials nurse in Australia.

Background. The role of cancer clinical trials nurse, widely acknowledged as an integral member of the clinical research team, has evolved in recent years. Elements of the clinical trials nurse role in cancer have previously been described. To evaluate specific cancer clinical trials nurse educational and training needs, the development of a valid and reliable tool is required.

Methods. In 2009, a study was conducted in three stages. Stage I: questionnaire development and pilot testing; stage II: focus group; stage III: national survey. Internal consistency reliability testing and multi-trait analysis of item convergent/ divergent validity were employed. Regression analysis was used to identify predictors of clinical trials nurse knowledge and skills.

Results. The national survey was a 48-item questionnaire, measuring six clinical trial knowledge and seven skills sub-scales. Of 61 respondents, 90% were women, with mean age 43 years, 19 years as a Registered Nurse and 5 years as a cancer clinical trials nurse. Self-reported knowledge and skills were satisfactory to good. Internal consistency reliability was high (Cronbach’s alpha: knowledge = 0Æ98; skills = 0Æ90). Criteria for item convergent/divergent validity were met. Number of years as cancer clinical trials nurse was positively related to self-reported knowledge and skills.

Conclusion. Preliminary data suggest that the national survey is reliable and valid. Data have contributed to better understanding the knowledge and skills of cancer clinical trials nurse in Australia and development of a postgraduate course in clinical trials.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:cancer, clinical trials, education, knowledge, nursing, research, skills
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Roydhouse, J (Dr Jessica Roydhouse)
ID Code:137374
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2020-02-11
Last Modified:2020-06-10

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