Self care and end of life care in advanced cancer: literature review

Bridget Johnston (Lead / Corresponding author), Maria McGill, Stuart Milligan, Dorothy McElroy, Claire Foster, Nora Kearney

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    Background Self care is a key feature of health care policy in the UK. It has been suggested that self care by patients with cancer improves quality of life, symptom management, and patient satisfaction. However, little is known about self care and end of life care. Objectives This review sets out to find out what is known about how people experiencing end of life care manage their illness themselves, in the advanced stages of their disease. Methods A systematic review was conducted; searching key databases; extracting relevant literature, using RefMan, NVIVO; grading, analysing, and appraising the literature. Results Eighteen articles were included in the review. Themes identified were; interventions for end of life care; self care behaviours used by patients; factors that prevent patients to self care. Conclusion The nurses’ role in supporting self care for people with advanced cancer is important. The review identifies various ways nurses can empower patients to self care related to oncology
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)386-398
    Number of pages13
    JournalEuropean Journal of Oncology Nursing
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2009


    • Cancer
    • Palliative care
    • Self care
    • Terminally ill
    • Literature review


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