Oncology Nurses' Experiences of Using Health Information Systems in the Delivery of Cancer Care in a Range of Care Settings: A Systematic Integrative Review

Delilah Shelley, Deborah Davis, Kasia Bail, Rebecca Heland, Catherine Paterson

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES: This systematic review aimed to identify oncology nurses' experiences of using health information systems (HIS) in the delivery of cancer care.

DATA SOURCES: The electronic databases searched included CINAHL, MEDLINE (EBSCO host), SCOPUS, Web of Science Core Collection, Google Scholar, OVID, and ProQuest Central (using advanced search strategy) and hand searching of reference lists of the included articles and relevant systematic reviews. Studies published in English language were examined.

CONCLUSION: Twenty-six studies were included. Three themes emerged: (1) the transparency and application of the nursing process within HIS, (2) HIS enhancing and facilitating communication between nurses and patients, and (3) the impact of HIS on the elements of person-centered care. Nurses' experiences with HIS were overall positive. However, digital systems do not fully capture all elements of the nursing processes; this was confirmed in this review, through the nurses' lens. Most studies used HIS for symptom reporting and monitoring within non-inpatient settings and largely biomedical and lack insight into the person-centeredness and overall holistic care.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE: There are evidently varied views of HIS adoption across the globe. HIS can improve health-related quality of life and symptom burden, including self-reporting of symptoms among patients. However, there is a need for ongoing high-quality research, and clearer reporting than is evident in the current 26 studies, to fully understand the impact of HIS within the nursing processes and patient outcomes across all specialty cancer fields.

Original languageEnglish
Article number151579
Pages (from-to)151579
JournalSeminars in Oncology Nursing
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Feb 2024

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