Journal article

Developing and evaluating Robocare; an innovative, nurse-led robotic prostatectomy care pathway

Emma Birch, Siska van Bruwaene, Wouter Everaerts, Kathryn Schubach, Matiu Bush, Mei Krishnasamy, Daniel A Moon, Jeremy Goad, Nathan Lawrentschuk, Declan G Murphy

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF ONCOLOGY NURSING | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

PURPOSE: A Robotic Prostatectomy Care Pathway ("Robocare"), aiming to prepare men for robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) and manage side-effects and long-term follow-up in a multidisciplinary fashion was established. The pathway enhances patient care by providing adequate information and support and optimizes efficiency by reducing length of stay and minimizing hospital visits. Our study assesses the pathway for patient satisfaction, co-ordination of care between disciplines, length of stay and readmission rates. METHOD: We analysed our database of all patients undergoing RARP with Robocare between July 2012 and December 2013 at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Australia (PMCC). Com..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We declare no conflicts of interest. The study was supported by the Victorian Department of Health, New Technology Program through a competitive grant.