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Using action research in paediatric oncology to develop an oral care algorithm.

Nelson, W, Gibson, F, Hayden, S and Morgan, N (2001) Using action research in paediatric oncology to develop an oral care algorithm. Eur J Oncol Nurs, 5 (3). pp. 180-189.

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The concurrent use of an oral assessment guide and oral care algorithm proved valuable in providing a more consistent approach to the oral care of children on a particular paediatric oncology ward (Gibson et al. 1997). However, as action research was chosen to develop practice, the diagnosis of new problems was anticipated. The identification of problem areas arose from two sources-informal feedback from the practice setting and via a formal audit using a tripartite approach consisting of a structured interview, vignettes and an analysis of existing documentation. The findings firstly demonstrated that practitioners experienced problems associated with the interpretation of the information contained within the existing algorithm. Secondly, there was also strong evidence to show that the production of a second 'therapeutic' algorithm would be beneficial to patient care. Finally, to ensure clarity, minor changes were required to the oral assessment guide. By using a collaborative approach between researchers and practitioners a positive resolution to a commonly identified clinical problem was expedited.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Nelson, W
Hayden, S
Morgan, N
Date : September 2001
DOI : 10.1054/ejon.2001.0130
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 10:45
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 19:59

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