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RESEARCH ON THE TRAINING NEEDS OF HEALTH PROFESSIONALS IN LONG-TERM CANCER PATIENT CARE IN GREECE
Efstathios Dimitriadis, Georgia Spyro Tzamaloukas, John Pateras, Theodoros Pesiridis, Athena Kalokairinou, Markos Sarris

Last modified: 2015-09-24

Abstract


Providing cancer care includes a team of well trained multidisciplinary Health professionals (HPs). This qualitative study using semi-structured interviews and thematic analysis, explored the views of HPs on their training needs, which may result from their contact with patients with neoplasia, as well as with the carers - families of those patients. In two Large Oncology Hospitals of Athens - Greece (Metaxa – Ag. Anargyroi Hospitals) employing (HPs) (medical – nursing staff), seventeen participants (HPs) from the corresponding medical – nursing staff dedicated to oncology patients, were recruited during July-August 2011 and were conducted using open- ended questions. The transcripts were analyzed thematically. All (HPs) confirmed their need for further education in all areas such as new drugs, new technologies, communication techniques for psychosocial support to patients, carers and health professionals themselves, issues concerning the quality of life of oncology patients as well as the need for information training, particularly at younger ages. The need to emotionally relieve (HPs) through group meetings also emerged. Some specific conclusions were related to learning grief management skills and health economics. Common place was the operation of a well-organised interdisciplinary team composed of a doctor, a nurse, a psychologist, a social worker and an administrative employee. The research offers a new insight into an old problem and concerns the educational needs of HPs. Further education has been recognized as essential for quality home nursing care and this is a common requirement from both HPs and oncology patients who are the intended recipient of quality home nursing care

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