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CN59 A meeting between existing practices and new ones in primary healthcare: How nurses adjust work routines to using cancer patient pathways
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3503-7164
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0661-8269
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1975-9060
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Family Medicine.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5203-9877
2021 (English)In: Annals of Oncology, ISSN 0923-7534, E-ISSN 1569-8041, Vol. 32, no Supplement 5, p. S1277-S1277, article id CN59Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: The aim was to explore how nurses in primary healthcare (PHC) adjust routines using Cancer Patient Pathways (CPP). CPPs are intended to shorten time to diagnosis but unintended consequences can occur for organizations that utilizes them. Furthermore, in Sweden, PHC is the main entrance into healthcare and nursesas first contact, together with physicians’ are important actors for timely diagnosis.Hence, to explore the unintended consequences when using CPPs in PHC is important since it may impact the process of adaption to CPP.

Methods: Grounded Theory method was used to collect and analyse qualitative data. Six PHC units were included with a variation in size, staff and location. Data was collected through focus groups with nurses and physicians at each PHC unit, for a total of 41 participants in nine interviews.

Results: When previous practices meet new ones, three distinct but connected work routines emerged in PHC and encompassed a dimension ranging from continuing working with existing practice to adapting CPPs in their work. However, two of the work routines were mainly related to nurses and depicted how they continued working broadly with patient needs in the population while adapting CPP to speed up patient flows. Additionally, nurses continued to draw upon their longstanding know-how of prioritizing with alarm symptoms while adapting to work with routines in new ways, while physicians were the ones reorganizing adjusted routines in their units. Lastly, the third work routine generally illustrated physicians dealing with unequal relations in communication with secondary care regarding referral criteria and nurses were not involved in these referrals.

Conclusions: PHC units in our study had not been involved in planning the introduction of CPPs, with nurses excluded in particular. Instead, as our results show, nurses developed their own process to manage using CPPs as a way to adjust to the new procedures, with the unintended consequences influencing their process of adaption. Our study suggests that decision-makers in healthcare could make better use of the know-how within PHC, especially nurses expertise, when developing and introducing new tools such as CPPs.

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Elsevier, 2021. Vol. 32, no Supplement 5, p. S1277-S1277, article id CN59
Keywords [en]
Cancer Patient, Primary Healthcare, Patient Pathways, Work Routines
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Nursing
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Caring Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-202357DOI: 10.1016/j.annonc.2021.08.688ISI: 000700527703470OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-202357DiVA, id: diva2:1724669
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ESMO Congress 2021, Virtual, September 16-21, 2021
Available from: 2023-01-09 Created: 2023-01-09 Last updated: 2023-01-09Bibliographically approved

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Fjällström, PetterHajdarevic, SenadaCoe, Anna-BrittLilja, Mikael

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