Working patterns and perceived contribution of prostate cancer clinical nurse specialists: a mixed method investigation

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A study by Ream et al (2009) sought to investigate prostate cancer clinical nurse specialists’ roles to determine whom they targeted services at and determine their work practices and perceived contribution.


They identified that variability in services provided by the prostate cancer nurse specialists arose from differences in local demand for nursing services and the skills and experiences of practitioners in the role. Such variability whilst understandable, has implications for access and equity across patient groups. Furthermore, it can compromise efforts to define clinical nurse specialists’ contribution to care, can impede others’ expectation of their role, and render their outcomes difficult to evaluate.