Evid Based Nurs 13:9-10 doi:10.1136/ebn1007
  • Therapeutics
  • ENABLE II randomised controlled trial

Nurse-led multicomponent psychoeducational palliative intervention improves quality of life and mood in patients with advanced cancer

  1. Carole Willard
  1. Carole Willard
    University of Manchester, Room 6.328, Jean McFarlane Building, University Place, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, UK; carole.willard{at}

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Although there is a wealth of research highlighting the complex needs of patients with advanced cancer, robust research investigating the effectiveness of interventions remains sparse.1 The study by Bakitas and colleagues is unusual in two respects: first, randomised controlled trials are uncommon in palliative care because of problems with recruitment, ethical considerations and rigorously demonstrating cause and effect.2 Second, the study uses a telephone-based intervention described as a structured educational approach to encourage patient selfmanagement and empowerment.

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