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Professional Issues

Using a Psychosocial Registry as a Data Source for Nurses

Carol G. Kelley
Amy R. Lipson
Barbara Daly
Sara L. Douglas
CJON 2013, 17(4), 444-446 DOI: 10.1188/13.CJON.444-446

Nurses at the bedside strive to base their practice on the best available information derived from evidence. However, issues related to patient care often arise for which evidence is either difficult to attain or not available. This can be particularly true for nurses who care for patients with diverse diagnoses because most studies focus on patients with a single cancer diagnosis. For example, evidence about quality of life (QOL) as perceived by the patient is a concern for clinicians but is of particular importance to nurses at the bedside. A great deal of study has been performed on the QOL of patients with cancer; however, most of these reports focus on narrow or limited samples, typically one specific cancer type. Having access to a registry that enrolls patients with diverse types of cancer and collects QOL data could be very useful to practicing bedside nurses.

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