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Effects of a Nurse-Initiated Telephone Care Path for Pain Management in Patients With Head and Neck Cancer Receiving Radiation Therapy

Angela LaShawn McDuffie

head and neck cancer, radiation, pain, emergency department, hospital admission
CJON 2023, 27(2), 143-146. DOI: 10.1188/23.CJON.143-146

This quality improvement project aimed to determine whether a nurse-initiated telephone care path could decrease emergency department visits, hospital admissions, and pain levels for patients with head and neck cancer receiving radiation therapy. The care path consisted of a six-question questionnaire administered to patients during telephone calls made 48–72 hours after prescription of pain medication by a radiation oncologist.

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