Implementing distress management guidelines in ambulatory oncology: A quality improvement project

Karen J. Hammelef, Christopher R. Friese, Tara M. Breslin, Michelle Riba, Susan M. Schneider

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Distress assessment and referral to psychosocial services is an essential component of evidence-based oncologic nursing care. Oncology nurses have an opportunity to address patient distress needs through leadership of implementation programs and support for the positive outcomes that engaging in psychosocial services provides. This quality improvement project was conducted to evaluate the feasibility and utility of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network's distress management clinical practice guidelines in ambulatory oncology. A theoretical framework guided the process design that included staff education, screening, and management in a cohort implementation project with historical control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-36
Number of pages6
JournalClinical journal of oncology nursing
Issue number1 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Feb 2014


  • Cancer program development
  • Distress
  • Management
  • Or evaluation
  • Psychosocial aspects
  • Quality improvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology(nursing)
  • Oncology


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