Psychosocial care within a multidisciplinary breast cancer team

Sarah Lewis (Section of Psychological Medicine, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK)
Craig A. White (NHS Ayrshire and Arran, Irvine, UK)
Liam Dorris (Section of Psychological Medicine, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK)

Clinical Governance: An International Journal

ISSN: 1477-7274

Publication date: 1 December 2005

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this article is to identify the range of psychosocial care components used by a multidisciplinary breast cancer team.

Design/methodology/approach

A questionnaire was developed to assess the range of psychosocial care components used by the team, their confidence using them and their training needs in relation to them. A total of 15 people completed the questionnaire from seven different professions.

Findings

The breast cancer team carried out a wide range of psychosocial care components despite little formal training to support their work. They valued the importance of psychosocial interventions and recognised their learning needs in relation to them.

Research limitations/implications

The small sample size limited ability to detect correlations and significant trends within the data. Future research could sample other cancer teams and use the questionnaire before and after training to detect changes in the use of psychosocial care components.

Practical implications

The psychosocial needs of cancer patients are best met when all members of the team are aware of and respond to those needs. This study suggests that team members' confidence in using psychosocial care components should be regularly assessed and training provided. It is proposed that a questionnaire is a valuable way of gathering information and evaluating training.

Originality/value

This paper would be of value to a manager or clinician aiming to develop a multidisciplinary approach to the psychosocial care of cancer patients.

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Citation

Lewis, S., White, C. and Dorris, L. (2005), "Psychosocial care within a multidisciplinary breast cancer team", Clinical Governance: An International Journal, Vol. 10 No. 4, pp. 304-307. https://doi.org/10.1108/14777270510629363

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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