Annmarie Hosie, Belinda Fazekas, Tania Shelby-James, Elaine Mills, Naomi Byfieldt, Vera Margitanovic, Jane Hunt, Jane Phillips
International Journal of Palliative Nursing, Vol. 17, Iss. 5, 27 May 2011, pp 224 - 230
The aim of this paper is to describe the emerging role of the palliative care clinical trials nurse in an era of evidence-based practice and increasing clinical trial activity in palliative care settings across Australia. An overview of the current clinical trials work is provided, with a focus on three aspects of clinical trials nursing practice that have significant implications for patients: managing the consent process, integrating clinical trials into multidisciplinary care, and establishing and building the evidence base to inform practice in palliative care settings. Clinical trials roles provide palliative care nurses with an opportunity to contribute to clinical research, help expand palliative care's evidence base, and develop their own research capabilities.