Abstract

To address the shortage of oncologists in Malaysia, cancer care nurses are required to play a major role in caring cancer patients. Little is known, however, about how patients of cancer care nurses perceive the nurses’ professionalism in carrying out their roles. A study was conducted to explore patients’ perspectives on the role and expectations of cancer care nurses in Malaysia. Thirteen cancer patients were interviewed using an open-ended question guide in Peninsular Malaysia. Six role elements were described and major experiences were highlighted.

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Role, cancer care nurse, experience, expectation

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Towards Reducing Cancer Burden: Patient Perspectives on the Role of Cancer Care Nurses

To address the shortage of oncologists in Malaysia, cancer care nurses are required to play a major role in caring cancer patients. Little is known, however, about how patients of cancer care nurses perceive the nurses’ professionalism in carrying out their roles. A study was conducted to explore patients’ perspectives on the role and expectations of cancer care nurses in Malaysia. Thirteen cancer patients were interviewed using an open-ended question guide in Peninsular Malaysia. Six role elements were described and major experiences were highlighted.