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Call to rate chemo nurse quality

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Patient experience, safe medication administration and nausea and vomiting should be developed “urgently” as quality indicators for nurse delivered chemotherapy, researchers say.

Members of the National Nursing Research Unit have published a briefing paper investigating the best nurse sensitive patient outcomes to measure for ambulatory chemotherapy.

They said chemotherapy was often nurse led and therefore an area where the quality of nursing “may potentially have a significant impact on patient outcomes”. 

However, they added, however data was not currently collected in a systematic way to measure this quality.

They said there was an “urgency for collection of data so that relationships to quality can be established”.

The unit shortlisted 11 potential areas but concluded that patient experience, medication safety and nausea and vomiting were the “highest priority” for development as indicators of quality because they were backed by the most evidence supporting their sensitivity to nursing.

Work on developing and piloting the indicators will be led by the National Cancer Action Team.

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