Systematic review of the tools used to assess the informational and practical needs of acute leukaemia and lymphoma survivors
Australian Journal of Cancer Nursing
Cancer Nurses Society of Australia
Place of Publication
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Purpose: To identify validated measurement tools to assess the information and practical concerns of leukaemia and lymphoma survivors. Cancer nurses have the potential to lead the way in providing quality post-treatment survivorship care. Method: This systematic review utilised a search of electronic databases for eligible articles published to March 2014. Included articles described a tool to assess informational and/or practical concerns of leukaemia and/or lymphona survivors. Results: Seven full text articles were identified that described cancer-specific tools used to assess informational and/or practical needs of the survivor cohort. There was a variation in the use of cancer survivor-specific tools and generic cancer tools. Conclusions: No haematology-specific needs assessment tools were identified. Therefore only tentative conclusions on the best tool for this cohort can be made. Further research is required to develop reliable and validated tools that will support the selection of the most appropriate tool for leukaemia and lymphona survivors.