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PURPOSE The aim of this study was to describe what is known about levels of morbidity and the experience and needs of people with cancer, and their informal caregivers, living in rural areas. METHODS A search of online databases for English language papers describing or assessing the prevalence of psychosocial morbidity or needs in a population of rural(More)
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES To explore and describe women's experiences of transverse rectus abdominus musculocutaneous (TRAM) flap breast reconstruction following mastectomy for breast cancer. DESIGN Qualitative, exploratory, and descriptive. SETTING A private hospital in Perth, Western Australia. SAMPLE Purposive sampling. Inclusion criteria were(More)
AIM to describe the impact of unrelieved patient suffering on nurses working with palliative care patients. DESIGN This was a qualitative descriptive design using semi-structured interviews. SAMPLE nine experienced palliative care nurses were interviewed. RESULTS nurses acknowledged that the term 'suffering' generally was not used in the workplace.(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the effectiveness of a centralized, nurse-delivered telephone-based service to improve care coordination and patient-reported outcomes after surgery for colorectal cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with a newly diagnosed colorectal cancer were randomly assigned to the CONNECT intervention or usual care. Intervention-group(More)
I present an account of a post-graduate training module I have developed for psychotherapy training students at The Centre for Attachment-based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy entitled From Attachment Theory to Clinical Practice. I situate my interest in this work in my own life and my background in education. In describing the curriculum content, I focus in(More)
BACKGROUND Retrospective investigation of sudden unexplained death in the young (SUDY) reveals that a high proportion is due to inherited heart disease. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to ascertain the diagnostic value of postmortem long QT (LQT) genetic analysis in a prospective study of SUDY victims 1-40 years old. METHODS Denaturing(More)
OBJECTIVE This cross-sectional qualitative study used semi-structured telephone interviews with palliative care nurses working in urban and rural settings in Australia to explore their experiences of dealing with patients with malignant, often malodorous, wounds. METHOD This paper was the second phase of a research project examining the care of patients(More)
The unmet needs of women with breast cancer have been extensively documented. In the United Kingdom, the introduction of the specialist breast nurse (SBN) role has been one strategy to improve the psychological wellbeing of women. This paper describes a SBN model of care and clinical pathway for Australian treatment settings, developed from systematic(More)
Quality support is crucial to the care of women diagnosed with breast cancer. Little qualitative research has been conducted in this area. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with six women in New South Wales, Australia, to explore their experiences of breast cancer. Specifically the study focused on the support the women felt they needed at different(More)
The objective of this study was to examine the feasibility, implementation, acceptability and impact of an evidence-based specialist breast care nurse (SBN) model of care in Australia. Primary data were collected from four diverse Australian breast cancer treatment centres over a 12-month period. The design was a multicentre demonstration project.(More)