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Complexity in caring for patients with advanced cancer
Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Nursing Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9786-7326
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2004 (English)In: Journal of Advanced Nursing, ISSN 0309-2402, Vol. 45, no 4, 420-429 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background. The gap between nursing research and practice is readily acknowledged in literature, with a variety of strategies suggested for reducing this gap. It is necessary not only to address problems of research implementation in practice, but also to find strategies that strengthen the influence of practitioners on research agendas through more collaborative relationships in order to have an impact on care of patients. A multi-centre research project was therefore initiated by two universities and three health care facilities, aiming to improve quality of care for patients with advanced cancer through a knowledge-exchange programme between nurse researchers, practitioners and students. Aim. The aim of this article is to explore how clinical staff reason about care provision for patients with advanced cancer, through analysis of 20 focus group discussions conducted with staff in three different health care facilities in two Swedish cities. An initial analysis based on grounded theory was complemented with consideration of the interactive process in the focus group discussions, and carried out by a team consisting of senior nurse researchers, clinical experts and nursing instructors. Findings. The findings of the focus group discussions emphasize the complexity of caregiving for patients with advanced cancer. The tension between caregiving ideals and limits imposed by the realities of caregiving in today's health system were striking. Practitioners discussed the organization of care, different constellations of relationships between patients, family members and professionals, and theoretical and experiential knowledge as equally important aspects in dealing with all concrete situations in daily practice. The importance of reflective practice, use of self and ethical reasoning also permeated the focus group discussions. Conclusions. These findings highlight an integrated need both to influence organizational structures and working relationships, along with increasing knowledge, if sustainable change is to be effected.

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2004. Vol. 45, no 4, 420-429 p.
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palliative care, nursing, education, clinical nursing research, patient care, nursing care, health personnel, cancer nursing, clinical competence
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-23450Local ID: 2905OAI: diva2:243764
Available from: 2009-10-07 Created: 2009-10-07 Last updated: 2013-09-03

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