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UKONS 2022 | PrePACT: group consultations for patients starting systemic anti-cancer treatment

Catherine Oakley, RGN, PhD, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK, talks on PrePACT, a digital group consultation project which aims to prepare patients for anti-cancer therapy. The current system of all patients having a one-to-one pre-treatment consultation with a nurse can be difficult for both nurses and patients. It can be physically and emotionally tiring for nurses to run these consultations, especially several a day and patients can have difficulty processing all the information they are being told due to emotional distress and the large volume of information. PrePACT involves a patient information resource being sent to patients, containing lots of information about their treatment and possible side effects and how to manage them. Patients have time to look through all the info and come up with any questions, before then attending a group session with several patients and one nurse where they can ask questions and get reassurance. This interview took place at the UK Oncology Nursing Society (UKONS) 2022 Annual Conference in Belfast, UK.

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