Developing advanced clinical skills in the management of breathlessness : evaluation of an educational intervention.

Froggatt, Katherine and Walford, Carole (2005) Developing advanced clinical skills in the management of breathlessness : evaluation of an educational intervention. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 9 (3). pp. 269-279. ISSN 1462-3889

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Abstract

The dissemination of knowledge regarding care interventions is often supported through educational initiatives. However, the efficacy of education to make a difference to practice is not always demonstrated. An educational course has been developed and piloted that aimed to educate nurses about skills for the management of breathlessness. The course was developed with, and utilised the expertise of, researchers, practitioners and educators experienced in the management of breathlessness. Twelve clinical nurse specialists, from Scotland and South East England, working in oncology and palliative care, participated in the first course. A longitudinal evaluation was undertaken to consider the impact of the course upon the participants’ practice and the care of people who are breathless. Interviews were conducted at two time points and a self-rated familiarity and confidence tool was completed by the participants at three time points. The participants rated themselves as improving their familiarity and confidence with the different aspects of the intervention. Attendance on the course also impacted upon the care of people who were breathless, improving their ability to self-manage their condition. Recommendations for future educational developments of this type are provided.

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Journal Article
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European Journal of Oncology Nursing
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01 Mar 2010 11:41
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Yes
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Published
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