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Supporting Evidence-Based Practice at the Phyllis F. Cantor Center

  • Science and Practice Aligned Within Nursing (SPAWN)©

    SPAWNing is an infrastructure and process for:

    • Bi-directional contributions between clinical, direct-care nurses, and nurse scientists
    • Generation of research questions originating from and embedded in practice
    • Translating results of research studies into everyday practice

    SPAWNing groups meet on a regular basis in each clinical area of Dana-Farber and its satellites. The Clinical Inquiry Specialists support the groups, providing guidance and process facilitation.

    SPAWN References

    Boucher, J., Roper, K., Underhill, M. and Berry, D., 2013. Science and practice aligned within nursing: Structure and process for evidence-based practice. Journal of Nursing Administration, 43(4), pp.229-234.

    Boucher, J., Lucca, J., Hooper, C., Pedulla, L. and Berry, D.L., 2015, July. A Structured Nursing Intervention to Address Oral Chemotherapy Adherence in Patients With Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. In Oncology nursing forum, (Vol. 42, No. 4).

    Underhill, M.L., Chicko, L. and Berry, D.L., 2015. A nurse-led evidence-based practice project to monitor and improve the management of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Clinical journal of oncology nursing, 19(1).

    Symptom Management Excellence (SME)

    Symptom Management Excellence (SME) was launched in 2010 as a special SPAWNing initiative. Based on data from DFCI nurses and patients, Dr. Berry and her staff have identified three symptoms that are not only prevalent in DFCI patients, but have evidence-based interventions with which to treat the symptoms: fatigue, anorexia, and anxiety. A critical appraisal of the literature was conducted, and two projects related to fatigue and anorexia were completed and efforts are now being deployed to implement the initiatives on a larger scale. The next efforts will focus on addressing anxiety and bringing evidence based anxiety interventions to practice.

    SME References

    Underhill, M.L., Boucher, J., Roper, K. and Berry, D.L., 2012. Symptom management excellence initiative: promoting evidence-based oncology nursing practice. Clinical journal of oncology nursing, 16(3).

    Berry, D.L., Blonquist, T., Nayak, M.M., Roper, K., Hilton, N., Lombard, H., Hester, A., Chiavacci, A., Meyers, S. and Mcmanus, K., 2018. Cancer Anorexia and Cachexia: Screening in an Ambulatory Infusion Service and Nutrition Consultation. Clinical journal of oncology nursing, 22(1), pp.63-68.

    Upcoming Conferences for Abstract Submission

    Oncology conferences worldwide