Linda C Watson

Linda C Watson
Alberta Health Services · Cancer Research and Analytics

RN, PhD

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Additional affiliations
May 2010 - October 2015
Alberta Health Services
Position
  • Lead, Person Centred Care Integration

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Publications (33)
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Oncology programs across Canada are reaching capacity as more Canadians are diagnosed with and treated for cancer each year. There is an increasing need to share care with family doctors, however it is unclear how this type of care impacts patient experiences, particularly while receiving active treatment. Retrospective data from the 2021 Ambulator...
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Purpose: Adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with cancer are in a unique situation due to their age and developmental stage in life and may have different symptoms and concerns than older patients. Patient-Reported Outcomes (PROs) questionnaires, routinely used in Alberta, can help identify the distinct needs of AYAs. We aimed to compare PROs data...
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The COVID-19 pandemic prompted the immediate widespread implementation of virtual care appointments in Cancer Care Alberta (CCA). This study aimed to compare patient experiences and satisfaction with in-person care provided prior to the pandemic and virtual care provided after the COVID-19 outbreak. Surveys were conducted to compare patient satisfa...
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Understanding patient experience is essential to providing high quality, person-centered care. A real-time baseline cross-sectional study was completed to identify gaps in patient experience that can be targeted for quality improvement (QI). This study is part of PROSE (Person-centered Radiation Oncology Service Enhancement), a QI initiative develo...
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Background: In 2019, cancer patients comprised over 65% of all individuals who requested and received Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) in Canada. This descriptive study sought to understand the self-reported symptom burden and complexity of cancer patients in the 12 months prior to receiving MAID in Alberta. Methods: Between July 2017 and Janu...
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PurposeCancer-related biopsychosocial distress is highly prevalent across the cancer care continuum. The implementation of screening patients for biopsychosocial distress has become a standard of practice in cancer care. With the presence of COVID-19, clinical care has shifted from in-person care to virtual care in many instances. One of the realit...
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Cancer patients experience numerous distressing symptoms and concerns across the course of their illness, which negatively influence their quality of life. Regardless of cancer type, unmanaged symptoms can lead to adverse downstream consequences. Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) can be used to inform patient care and lead to targeted sympt...
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An increasing incidence of cancer has led to high patient volumes and time challenges in ambulatory oncology clinics. By knowing how many patients are experiencing complex care needs in advance, clinic scheduling and staff allocation adjustments could be made to provide patients with longer or shorter timeslots to address symptom complexity. In thi...
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Purpose: This study reports on a mixed methods evaluation conducted within a provincial cancer program in Alberta, Canada. The purpose was to capture key learnings from a rapid virtual care implementation because of the COVID-19 pandemic and to understand the impact on patient and staff experiences. Methods: Administrative data were collected fo...
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e13529 Background: Increasing cancer incidence, coupled with a trend in treating patients for longer periods of time, presents challenges in addressing all patients’ symptoms/concerns within the allotted time for ambulatory clinic appointments. Consequently, the ability to forecast and monitor the percentage of cancer patients with different sympto...
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The Ambulatory Oncology Patient Satisfaction Survey (AOPSS) is a standardized instrument to assess the overall cancer patient experience. This study retrospectively investigated differences in care experiences and satisfaction among ambulatory oncology patients who self-identified as receiving outpatient therapies for curative intent or for symptom...
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CANO/ACIO has long recognized the important role oncology nurses play in improving outcomes for cancer survivors. To ensure oncology nurses have easy access to the updated evidence, as a basis for their practice, CANO/ACIO undertook the important work of updating the CANO/ACIO self-learning modules on survivorship and creating several new ones. Thi...
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Au Canada, le paysage des soins du cancer évolue et les infirmières en oncologie sont appelées à jouer de nouveaux rôles afin d’améliorer l’expérience des patients et des familles et de répondre à leurs besoins toujours changeants. L’un de ces rôles, la navigation des patients atteints de cancer (NPC), vise principalement à coordonner les soins cen...
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As the landscape of cancer care in Canada evolves, oncology nursing roles are developed to enhance the patient experience and address the changing needs of patients and families. Cancer Patient Navigation (CPN), an oncology nursing role focusing primarily on person-centred care coordination and system navigation, has become integral to providing hi...
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Background: The collection of patient reported outcomes (pros) is a standard of care in many cancer organizations. In Alberta, pros have been integrated into routine clinical practice since 2012. This longitudinal collection of pros provides a wealth of data and a unique research opportunity to improve cancer care. The goal of this pro data initia...
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Breast cancer remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Canadian women, and a growing majority of these patients are becoming long-term survivors who require surveillance in the years following the end of treatment. There is mounting evidence that transitioning from specialist care at the cancer centre to primary care is safe and desirable....
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In 2012, the provincial cancer agency in Alberta initiated a provincial quality improvement (QI) project to develop, implement, and evaluate a provincial Cancer Patient Navigation (CPN) program spanning 15 sites across over 600,000 square kilometres. This project was selected for two years of funding (April 2012–March 2014) by the Alberta Cancer Fo...
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Background: Although published studies report that screening for distress (SFD) improves the quality of care for patients with cancer, little is known about how SFD impacts healthcare professionals (HCPs). Objectives: This quality improvement project examined the impact of implementing the SFD intervention on HCPs' confidence in addressing patie...
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In 2012, the provincial cancer agency in Alberta initiated a provincial quality improvement project to develop, implement, and evaluate a provincial cancer navigation program spanning 15 sites across more than 600,000 square kilometres. This project was selected for two years of funding (April 2012–March 2014) by the Alberta Cancer Foundation (ACF)...
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En 2012, l’agence provinciale du cancer de l’Alberta lançait un projet d’amélioration de la qualité dans le but de créer, de mettre en œuvre et d’évaluer un programme provincial de navigation pour patients cancéreux englobant 15 établissements répartis sur plus de 600 000 kilomètres carrés. Ce projet a été sélectionné pour recevoir un financement d...
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En 2012, l’agence provinciale du cancer de l’Alberta lançait un projet d’amélioration de la qualité dans le but de créer, de mettre en œuvre et d’évaluer un programme de navigation provincial englobant 15 établissements répartis sur plus de 600 000 kilomètres carrés. Ce projet a été sélectionné pour recevoir un financement de deux ans (d’avril 2012...
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In 2012, the provincial cancer agency in Alberta initiated a provincial quality improvement project to develop, implement, and evaluate a provincial navigation program spanning 15 sites across over 600,000 square kilometres. This project was selected for two years of funding (April, 2012–March 31, 2014) by the Alberta Cancer Foundation (ACF) throug...
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Background: Although a number of accreditation agencies and professional societies recommend routine screening for distress (SFD) for patients with cancer, it has been integrated very slowly into clinical practice. Objectives: This evaluation investigated the impact of a large-scale SFD intervention on patients' quality of life, symptom reports,...
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Having enough staff to provide high-quality care to cancer patients will become a growing issue across Canada over the next decades. Statistical predictions indicate that both the number of new diagnoses and the prevalence of cancer will increase dramatically in the next two decades. When combining these trends with the simultaneous trend toward he...
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Standard skin care instructions regarding the use of antiperspirants during radiotherapy to the breast varies across North America. Women have articulated that when instructed to not use antiperspirant, the potential for body odor is distressing. Historical practices and individual opinions have often guided practice in this field. The present stud...

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