Nurse preparedness to practice cancer survivorship care via telehealth

January 2017December 2018

This project brings together researchers from The University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, and Metro South Health to investigate how prepared cancer nurses are to use telehealth for cancer survivorship.

The population of cancer survivors who need and desire survivorship care is growing with the aging population, improved screening, and more effective (yet more complex) anticancer therapies. The delivery of high quality cancer survivorship care, particularly to those in remote areas, will require the use of technological solutions. The results of this study will provide insights about the preparedness of the cancer nursing workforce to deliver survivorship care using telehealth. It will inform telehealth practice in cancer survivorship care, and a program of education and training for this workforce. Many studies on health care interventions using telehealth don’t pay enough attention to the workforce’s capacity to deliver care in such a way, resulting in a lack of translation into actual clinical practise. This research will attempt to combat this.

Cancer nurses will be invited to complete a validated questionnaire for the measurement of clinical acceptance of telehealth technology, and their telehealth experience. A sub-group will also participate in qualitative interviews so that we may understand the models of care involving telehealth that the nurses are aware of or use, facilitators and barriers to telehealth use for cancer survivorship, and training needs and models to enable the delivery of cancer survivorship care using telehealth.

Nurses make up the largest proportion of the healthcare workforce around the world. Thus, through this study, we take a step toward equipping this huge workforce with the knowledge and skills required to deliver survivorship care using telehealth.

This project is funded by the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia.

Project members