Glioblastoma Multiforme in Adults and The Role of the Advanced Nurse Practitioner

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Abstract

Treatment of people with glioblastoma multiforme requires a multidisciplinary team approach, in which the advanced nurse practitioner has a vital role. The prognosis for these patients is poor and the impact of the diagnosis on patients and caregivers can be devastating. A comprehensive care plan can guide the patient through the disease process and mitigate the impact on them and their family. A holistic approach considering physical, psychosocial and economic factors can be useful in delivering effective care. The aim of this paper is to explore a systematic approach to physical and psychosocial assessment through a description of the diagnosis, treatment and symptom management of glioblastoma multiforme. The paper also discusses the role of the advanced nurse practitioner in meeting patients' and caregivers' complex needs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-186
Number of pages8
JournalBritish Journal of Neuroscience Nursing
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2013
Externally publishedYes

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