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A nurse-led paediatric oncology fast-track clinic proves a successful ambulatory intervention for patients

Abstract

Aim

To assess the impact of a pilot nurse-led paediatric oncology fast-track clinic (OFTC) for complications and side effects following chemotherapy within a paediatric tertiary hospital.

Methods

Prospective clinical data from the first 100 patients seen in the OFTC were compared with retrospective data of oncology patient presentations to the emergency department (ED) (over a 1-year period, n = 196) who would have been eligible for review in the OFTC. Parent and patient satisfaction of clinical care were also assessed via surveys pre- and post-OFTC implementation.

Results

Analysis which achieved statistical difference was a reduction in the number of blood tubes taken in OFTC (average 1.9 for those discharged from clinic, 2.9 for those admitted from clinic) in comparison to those seen in the ED (average 3.2) (p = 0.0027). The average number of interventions per patient seen in the ED were 2.1 (standard deviation 1.64) compared with 1.7 (standard deviation 1.55) interventions per patient seen in the OFTC, and who were not admitted following review. This result approached statistical significance with p = 0.0963. Other results which did not meet statistical significance included a reduction in treatment times, hospital admissions and medical oncology reviews.

Conclusion

Our pilot study implementing an OFTC for the triage and assessment of chemotherapy-related complications has proven successful from an operational and consumer perspective. The clinic improved care by ensuring expedited review, more streamlined interventions, and less overall hospital admissions. The improvements in efficiency were also mirrored by increased parent and patient satisfaction.

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Acknowledgement

Access to the Oncology/Haematology Telephone Triage Tool Kit for Children and Young People was enabled by the Children and Young Peoples Cancer Nurses Group of the Royal College of Nursing and the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG).

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Department of Health and Human Services for provision of the grant for the pilot study. The Paediatric Integrated Cancer Services for providing funding and support for the mail out, patient magnet and support of the pilot project.

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Correspondence to R. Conyers.

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Wong, A., Glogolia, M., Lange, P.W. et al. A nurse-led paediatric oncology fast-track clinic proves a successful ambulatory intervention for patients. Support Care Cancer (2020) doi:10.1007/s00520-019-05250-w

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Keywords

  • Paediatric nurse led clinic
  • Paediatric oncology
  • Chemotherapy side effects
  • Peadiatric specialist nurse