Implementing distress management guidelines in ambulatory oncology: a quality improvement project.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Distress assessment and referral to psychosocial services is an essential component of evidence-based oncologic nursing care. Oncology nurses have an opportunity to address patient distress needs through leadership of implementation programs and support for the positive outcomes that engaging in psychosocial services provides. This quality improvement project was conducted to evaluate the feasibility and utility of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network's distress management clinical practice guidelines in ambulatory oncology. A theoretical framework guided the process design that included staff education, screening, and management in a cohort implementation project with historical control.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hammelef, KJ; Friese, CR; Breslin, TM; Riba, M; Schneider, SM

Published Date

  • January 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 18 Suppl /

Start / End Page

  • 31 - 36

PubMed ID

  • 24480661

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1538-067X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1092-1095

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1188/14.cjon.s1.31-36


  • eng