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A nurse case management intervention improved medical care given to older women with newly diagnosed breast cancer

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Q Does a nurse case management intervention (NCMI) improve the medical care of community dwelling women ⩾65 years of age with newly diagnosed breast cancer?


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cluster randomised controlled trial.

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blinded (outcome assessors).

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12 months of intervention.

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13 community and 2 public hospitals in southeast Texas, USA.

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335 community dwelling women ⩾65 years of age (mean age 72 y) who had newly diagnosed breast cancer.

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patients (in clusters at the level of the attending surgeon) were allocated in a stratified design (with surgeons stratified by total number of new patients with breast cancer seen in the previous year) to an …

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  • For correspondence: Dr J S Goodwin, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, USA.

  • Source of funding: National Institute for Nursing Research.