Specialist nurses are key in cancer treatment

6 June 2013

Cancer patients have a better time coping with their condition in hospitals that are well-equipped with specialist nurses - that's according to new healthcare research from the University of Southampton. The study indicated that well-staffed hospitals and the resulting increase in support led to greater satisfaction and improved psychological health.

Professor of health services research at the University of Southampton and lead author of the study, Peter Griffiths, said: “Cancer and its treatment can place a huge burden, both physical and psychological, on patients. Supporting people with cancer on the journey from diagnosis to treatment and beyond, which for increasing numbers includes long term survival, is a key challenge for health services.”

As the NHS employs more specialist nurses, Prof Griffiths says patients are receiving better care and crucial support in coping with their life-threatening condition. “This is the first direct evidence that a widespread policy of employing more specialist nurses is linked to measurable benefits to patients." Although the differences are small, Prof Griffiths said: "If your odds of receiving good emotional support are increased by 15 per cent, I suspect most of us would take it if we were being treated for cancer."

To ensure you get the best healthcare and optimum support - a necessity while you undergo cancer treatment -  contact Spire Healthcare.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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