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The role of specialist lung cancer nurses in the UK: a national survey
  1. L Brown1,
  2. J McPhelim2,
  3. G Devereux3,
  4. K Mohan4,
  5. M J Walshaw5
  1. 1
    Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen, UK
  2. 2
    Hairmyres Hospital, Lanarkshire, UK
  3. 3
    Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen, UK
  4. 4
    Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, Liverpool, UK
  5. 5
    Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, Liverpool, UK and British Thoracic Society Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma Specialist Advisory Group, London UK
  1. Dr M J Walshaw, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, Thomas Drive, Liverpool L14 3PE, UK; mwalshaw{at}

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The role of the lung cancer nurse specialist in the UK is a recent development in response to initiatives aimed at improving the delivery of lung cancer services and it has now become integral to the lung cancer multidisciplinary team (MDT). A small survey in 20001 indicated that there was little strategic planning and evaluation of the role, and until recently definition and training requirements have been lacking. Recent guidelines2 state that all lung cancer units should have at least one specialist lung cancer nurse to support patients and coordinate care between primary and secondary care teams. Despite this, the number, workload and exact duties of these practitioners remain undefined. We therefore conducted a questionnaire survey to determine the current profile of lung cancer nurses working in the UK, which should help plan future roles of these clinical nurse specialists.

A three section questionnaire (focusing on manpower, clinical and …

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  • Competing interests: None.

  • *LB sadly died in July 2008.