Excellence in Cancer Research Award finalist: Home-testing of Blood Counts Team

Excellence in Cancer Research Award finalist: Home-testing of Blood Counts Post Chemotherapy Team

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

The team has ensured a patient-centred approach to preparations for a groundbreaking study assessing the feasibility of chemotherapy patients home-checking their blood counts using a medical device. Senior research nurse Elizabeth Wrightand her research nurse colleague Suzanne Rogerson have been working collaboratively with healthcare professionals, primary care, industry, patient involvement group, academia and IT/web design specialists. The team conducted a feasibility questionnaire survey of 107 oncology patients to discover their willingness to use the device and to explore their understanding of risk. Through workshops, the team ensured the medical device’s designers understood the patients’ chemotherapy pathway and that the pathway for using the device stayed as patient-focused as possible. They will conduct qualitative research to capture the patient experience about device use by performing telephone questionnaires with the study participants.

Picture credit: Barney Newman

The Excellence in Cancer Research Award is supported by Cancer Nursing Practice and sponsored by Cancer Research UK.

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK

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