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Implementing Distress Management Guidelines in Ambulatory Oncology

Karen J. Hammelef
Christopher R. Friese
Tara M. Breslin
Michelle Riba
Susan M. Schneider
CJON 2014, 18(1), 31-36 DOI: 10.1188/14.CJON.S1.31-36

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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