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Improving patients’ experiences of clinical trials tweet by tweet

Nurses hold the key to improving patients’ experience of cancer research, says Lisa Berry, so join our Twitter chat and have your say
Verna Lavender

Clinical trials are a vital part of cancer research, but there is work to be done to ensure all eligible patients are made aware of opportunities to join.

In England, for example, the 2015 National Cancer Patient Experience Survey found that fewer than one third of patients said that someone talked to them about whether they would like to take part in research after their diagnosis.

Collaborative approach

As with so much of cancer care, nurses hold the key to improving this situation. Collaborative working between clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) and clinical research nurses (CRNs) can increase awareness of trial opportunities and, crucially, improve patients’ experiences before, during and after trials.

Recently, these two groups of nurses were brought together in a roundtable meeting organised by RCNi and Cancer Research UK.

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