Amanda Drury

Amanda Drury
University College Dublin | UCD · School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems

PhD, MSc Cancer Care, BSc (Hons) Nursing, PGCert Statistics, PGCert Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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April 2020 - present
University College Dublin
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
September 2018 - April 2020
Trinity College Dublin
Position
  • Research Associate

Publications

Publications (69)
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Background Access to comprehensive, integrated, multidisciplinary care is one of the most urgent and actionable recommendations of the Advanced Breast Cancer Global Alliance. However, access to specialist breast care units, and specialist breast cancer nurses is variable, influenced by access to specialist education and role recognition. To date, t...
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Objective: to establish an understanding of the unmet needs of people living with or beyond a lymphoma diagnosis. Survivors of lymphoma are at increased risk of unmet needs due to cancer, treatment-related toxicities and extended survivorship. Despite the rapidly growing numbers of lymphoma survivors, their needs and research priorities are unders...
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Purpose This study aims to explore the prevalence of CRC survivorship issues and their impact on survivors’ quality of life (QoL). Methods This study utilised a mixed methods sequential explanatory design. Adult CRC survivors between 6- and 60-months post-diagnosis ( n = 304) were purposively recruited from three hospitals and twenty-one cancer su...
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Background In higher education settings, there are increasing calls to shift away from traditional summative assessment practices, such end of term written tests, to explore methods of assessing learning in alternative ways. Peer assessment has been advocated as a means of formative assessment to enhance student engagement, empowering students to t...
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Purpose: Quality supportive care during cancer survivorship contributes to positive physical and psychosocial health. However, the potential positive impacts are influenced by survivors' perceptions of and ability to access the supportive care services that they deem important to their well-being. The purpose of this integrative review was to exam...
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Introduction Women who inherit a pathogenic mutation in Breast Cancer Susceptibility Genes 1 or 2 (BRCA1 or BRCA2) are at substantially higher risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer than the average woman. Several cancer risk management strategies exist to address this increased risk. Decisions about which risk management strategies to choose...
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Background Healthcare services have responded to the challenges of service delivery during COVID-19 with telehealth and hybrid models of care. However, there is limited understanding of the experiences of care among people affected by cancer and how their experiences may change and evolve against the shifting landscape of COVID-19 incidence, mortal...
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Background Little is known about staff’s attitudes in Irish acute hospital settings towards people living with dementia and their perceived dementia knowledge. The aim of this study was to understand the general level of dementia knowledge and attitudes towards dementia in different types of hospital staff, as well as to explore the potential influ...
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Purpose: To conduct an integrative scoping review of the physical, psychological and social experiences of women who have experienced chemotherapy-induced alopecia (CIA). Method: An integrative review was undertaken. A systematic search of MEDLINE, CINAHL and PsycInfo identified 23 studies meeting the inclusion criteria. Data relating to women's...
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ABSTRACT Objective Cancer survivors’ perceptions of healthcare have been identified as a predictor of quality of life (QoL) outcomes. This study aims to explore colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors’ perceptions of how cancer-related healthcare affects their QoL. Methods Semi-structured interviews were conducted with twenty-two CRC survivors receiving...
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Background: Cancer can be distressing for patients and families. eHealth interventions have the potential to lessen this distress by creating opportunities for providing supportive care resources to patients at home. Objectives: This article reviews supportive care eHealth interventions in cancer and emerging opportunities to optimize these inte...
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Objective: Cancer survivors' perceptions of healthcare have been identified as a predictor of quality of life (QoL) outcomes. This study aims to explore colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors' perceptions of how cancer-related healthcare affects their QoL. Methods: Semistructured interviews were conducted with 22 CRC survivors receiving follow-up car...
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Background: Little is known about staff’s attitudes in Irish acute hospital settings towards people living with dementia and their perceived dementia knowledge. The objective of this study was to understand the general level of dementia knowledge and attitudes towards dementia in different types of hospital staff, as well as to explore the potentia...
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Background: Little is known about staff’s attitudes in Irish acute hospital settings towards people living with dementia and their perceived dementia knowledge. The aim objective of this study was to understand the general level of dementia knowledge and attitudes towards dementia in different types of hospital staff, as well as to explore the pote...
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Background: Little is known about staff’s attitudes in Irish acute hospital settings towards people living with dementia and their perceived dementia knowledge. The aim of this study was to understand the general level of dementia knowledge and attitudes towards dementia in different types of hospital staff, as well as to explore the potential infl...
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Background: Little is known about staff’s attitudes in Irish acute hospital settings towards people living with dementia and their perceived dementia knowledge. The aim of this study was to understand the general level of dementia knowledge and attitudes towards dementia in different types of hospital staff, as well as to explore the potential infl...
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Background Cancer follow-up care continues to evolve to incorporate complex programs of supportive care to address long-term disease consequences. However, care may be prescriptive and fragmented, contributing to uncertainty among cancer survivors. As major stakeholders in follow-up care for cancer survivors, nurses are ideally positioned to ensure...
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Background Cancer survivors may live with an array of physical, psychological and social disabilities which impact their day-to-day lives. The literature exploring quality of life in cancer survivorship is predominantly quantitative in nature; with inconsistencies in symptom prevalence owing to the multiplicity of generic and disease-specific quali...
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Background Up to three-quarters of colorectal cancer (CRC), survivors may experience one or more physical, psychological or social issues after treatment. Individuals with a cancer diagnosis report appropriate support and information from healthcare professionals during treatment. However, many are unprepared for the chronic effects of cancer and i...
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Background: Follow-up care and surveillance are essential components of colorectal cancer survivorship. However, the relative contribution of healthcare experiences to quality of life in cancer survivorship is poorly understood. Objectives: This study explores associations between colorectal cancer survivors' healthcare experiences and quality o...
Conference Paper
Background and Purpose There has been substantial empirical, practical and political developments in the area of cancer survivorship over the past decade. However, the most recent conceptualisations of cancer survivorship have been informed by empirical evidence derived from heterogeneous groups of cancer survivors, with little effort to examine th...
Conference Paper
Background Follow-up care and quality of life (QOL) are important consequences of cancer survivorship. However, as cancer survivors transition to follow-up care, the frequency of contact with healthcare professionals declines. Evidence suggests that the nature of post-treatment relationships between colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors and their healt...
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Introduction When transitioning to follow-up surveillance, cancer survivors experience a marked reduction in the frequency of consultations with healthcare professionals. Evidence suggests this may be associated with a deterioration in cancer survivors’ perceptions of care and may contribute to psychosocial distress and unmet need. Yet, there is a...
Technical Report
Available from: http://www.eonsmagazine.eu/winterspring-2019/impact-healthcare-experiences-quality-life-cancer-survivorship
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Background: Follow-up care is a central component of cancer survivorship. Declining frequency of contact with healthcare professionals after treatment is linked to psychological distress and perceived insufficiencies in information and support among cancer survivors. However, evidence on the relationship between healthcare-related factors and quali...
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Background and Aim: Following cancer treatment, colorectal cancer survivors may continue to experience a multitude of physical, psychological and social effects. Follow-up care is an integral part of cancer survivorship, yet less frequent contact with healthcare professionals after treatment may affect survivors’ perceptions of their care and acces...
Conference Paper
Colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors may experience a multitude of physical, psychological and social effects. Diminishing contact with healthcare professionals and surveillance-driven models of follow-up may contribute to unmet support and information needs. Yet, there is a dearth of evidence to describe the relationship between healthcare-related fa...
Conference Paper
Purpose This study explores colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors’ experiences of follow-up healthcare in the five years following treatment. Background There is a limited understanding of how continuity of care is experienced by colorectal cancer survivors. Continuity of care refers to care which is linked and coherent over time, with good information...
Conference Paper
Purpose This study explores the relationship between CRC survivors’ experiences of follow-up healthcare and their QOL in the five years following treatment. Background Follow-up care is a central component of cancer survivorship. Yet, to date, there has been an absence of research to determine the role of healthcare experiences in predicting QOL of...
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Purpose Previous conceptualizations of cancer survivorship have focused on heterogeneous cancer survivors, with little consideration of the validity of conclusions for homogeneous tumour groups. This paper aims to examine the concept of cancer survivorship in the context of colorectal cancer (CRC). Method Rodgers’ (1989) Evolutionary Method of Co...
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Background: The Institute of Medicine report ‘From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor’ has drawn widespread attention to the experiences of cancer survivors. Research examining the symptom experiences of survivors are proliferative within the literature but limited by samples which include multiple tumor groups and varying inclusion criteria. This c...
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Background Bowel dysfunction is a potential chronic side-effect of surgical excision and irradiation of colorectal cancer (CRC). Survivors of CRC may be predisposed to more frequent bowel movement, faecal incontinence, and rectal bleeding, which may have consequent negative impacts on daily activities, and perceived health. Aims and Objectives of...
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Background/Purpose: Colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors may regain good overall quality of life (QOL) following treatment. However, fear of cancer recurrence (FCR) and metastasis (FCM) are lingering psychosocial issues affecting QOL. This mixed methods sequential explanatory design study explores CRC survivors' QOL and experiences of physical and psy...
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Introduction Peripheral neuropathy (PN) is a life-altering side-effect of several anti-cancer drugs which necessitates dose reduction or discontinuation of chemotherapy due to paucity of prevention and treatment strategies. It is a growing cancer survivorship issue, which may adversely affect cancer survivors’ long-term quality of life (QOL). This...
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Background Following treatment for colorectal cancer (CRC), survivors’ are expected to regain a reasonably good quality of life (QOL) in the long-term. However, QOL may be marred by chronic treatment side-effects including pain, fatigue and depression. This mixed methods sequential explanatory design study explores CRC survivors’ QOL and experience...
Conference Paper
Quality appraisal in mixed methods research is an ever evolving field. Mixed methods researchers have long fluctuated between the quality appraisal standards of quantitative and qualitative research to design and conduct rigorous mixed methods research with outcomes which can be appropriately incorporated into practice. This adds to the discourse s...
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Background: Colorectal cancer (CRC) accounts for 12.7% of invasive cancers diagnosed in Ireland annually. The quality of life (QOL) among cancer survivors may be variable with some experiencing ongoing physical and/or psychological disability which may detract from QOL. There is evidence to suggest some survivors at end of treatment feel ill-prepar...
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Background: A pilot or feasibility study is a smaller version or trial run of a proposed or planned study, with findings used to develop a stronger, investigation on the same topic. Aim and objectives: The aim of this pilot study was to establish the feasibility of the quantitative arm of a two-phase, mixed methods sequential explanatory design st...
Conference Paper
Background: Significant improvements in colorectal cancer (CRC) survival have been achieved in Ireland over the past 20 years. CRC survivors are expected to experience good overall quality of life (QOL) in the long-term, however they may be affected by physical and psychological disabilities, include fatigue, pain, sexual dysfunction, depression, a...
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Purpose: This study sought to establish the attitudes of oncology nurses toward care of terminally-ill patients and their families. Background/Significance: Nurses invariably care for oncology patients during terminal illness. Nurse-patient interactions may be adversely influenced by attitudes toward care of terminally-ill patients. In addition,...
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Background: Nurses invariably care for oncology patients during terminal illness. Nurse-patient interactions may be adversely influenced by attitudes toward care of terminally-ill patients. In addition, nurses’ demographic, professional and educational characteristics may influence their attitudes which may adversely affect the nursing care of term...
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Background: Although previous research reports indicate nurses’ attitudes toward care of terminally ill patients are generally positive, several demographic, professional and educational factors may influence these attitudes. Attitudes regarding care of this patient group may adversely affect the nursing care provided, as attitudes toward care of t...

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