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"How can I help?" Nurse call openings on a cancer helpline and implications for call progressivity

"How can I help?" Nurse call openings on a cancer helpline and implications for call progressivity
"How can I help?" Nurse call openings on a cancer helpline and implications for call progressivity
Objective
Helplines are a key service used for information and support by people affected by cancer. Little is known about the process of delivering and seeking cancer related telephone help.

Methods
Using conversation analysis 52 calls between callers and specialist nurses on a major UK cancer helpline are analysed; focusing on the openings of helpline calls by specialist nurses. The helpline involves a triage system from a frontline call-taker to a specialist nurse.

Results
The triage system introduces challenges to the interactions for nurses and callers. This paper demonstrates how calls commence, and outlines implications for how they progress. Four key elements to the nurse's initial opening of the call were identified, which together contribute to managing an effective transition from the frontline call-taker to the current call with the specialist cancer nurse.

Conclusion
The smooth exchange of information and provision of support in a trusted call environment is a critical goal of the cancer helpline; an effective call opening in a triage environment may significantly optimise the possibility of this goal being realised.

Practice implications
A simple strategy is recommended to avoid the difficulties identified, a script for how the triaged call openings may be optimally formulated.

health communication, cancer helpline, call openings
0738-3991
23-30
Leydon, Geraldine M.
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Ekberg, K.
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Drew, P.
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Leydon, Geraldine M.
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Ekberg, K.
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Drew, P.
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Leydon, Geraldine M., Ekberg, K. and Drew, P. (2013) "How can I help?" Nurse call openings on a cancer helpline and implications for call progressivity. Patient Education and Counseling, 92, 23-30. (doi:10.1016/j.pec.2013.02.007). (PMID:23579039)

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Abstract

Objective
Helplines are a key service used for information and support by people affected by cancer. Little is known about the process of delivering and seeking cancer related telephone help.

Methods
Using conversation analysis 52 calls between callers and specialist nurses on a major UK cancer helpline are analysed; focusing on the openings of helpline calls by specialist nurses. The helpline involves a triage system from a frontline call-taker to a specialist nurse.

Results
The triage system introduces challenges to the interactions for nurses and callers. This paper demonstrates how calls commence, and outlines implications for how they progress. Four key elements to the nurse's initial opening of the call were identified, which together contribute to managing an effective transition from the frontline call-taker to the current call with the specialist cancer nurse.

Conclusion
The smooth exchange of information and provision of support in a trusted call environment is a critical goal of the cancer helpline; an effective call opening in a triage environment may significantly optimise the possibility of this goal being realised.

Practice implications
A simple strategy is recommended to avoid the difficulties identified, a script for how the triaged call openings may be optimally formulated.

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Published date: 8 April 2013
Keywords: health communication, cancer helpline, call openings
Organisations: Primary Care & Population Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 352673
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/352673
ISSN: 0738-3991
PURE UUID: 8ad8a792-e53d-489b-8025-15563f267b76
ORCID for Geraldine M. Leydon: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5986-3300

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Date deposited: 20 May 2013 10:09
Last modified: 05 Nov 2019 01:48

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