Nurse-led interventions among older adults affected by cancer: An integrative review

Elizabeth Alemania, Alica Hind, Juliane Samara, Murray Turner, Nick Ralph, Catherine Paterson

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Objective: Aging can introduce significant changes in health, cognition, function, social status, and emotional status among older adults affected by cancer. Little is known about how existing nurse-led interventions address the needs of older adults. The objective was to identify existing nurse-led interventions among older adults to optimize recovery and survivorship needs. Methods: A integrative systematic review was conducted according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis (PRISMA) 2020 Guidelines. Electronic databases (APA PsycINFO, CINAHL, MEDLINE, Scopus, and Google Scholar databases) were searched using key search terms. Articles were assessed for inclusion according to a pre-determined eligibility criterion. Data extraction and quality appraisal were conducted. Findings were integrated into a narrative synthesis. Results: Twenty-one studies were included, and a total of 4253 participants were represented. There were a range of study designs: quantitative (n ​= ​10), randomised controlled trials (n ​= ​6), mixed methods studies (n ​= ​3), qualitative (n ​= ​1), and a non-randomized controlled study (n ​= ​1). Most participants had prostate cancer, with some representation in colorectal, lung, head and neck, renal, esophageal, and mixed cancer patient populations. Conclusions: This review shows a lack of evidence on the inclusion of geriatric assessments for older people with cancer within existing nurse-led interventions. Further research is needed to test nurse-led interventions with the inclusion of geriatric assessments and their contribution to the multidisciplinary team across the cancer care continuum for various cancer patient populations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100289
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2023


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