Manuela Eicher

Manuela Eicher
University Lausanne, Institute of Higher Education and Research in Health Care · Faculty of Biology and Medicine

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Additional affiliations
January 2010 - May 2016
University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland
Position
  • Professor / Dean of Research and Development

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Publications (122)
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Aims To examine and refine a conceptual model of resilience in adult cancer care based on the perspectives and experiences of resilience in adults with colorectal cancer. Design A descriptive qualitative study was performed. Methods Twelve participants diagnosed with colorectal cancer that had completed cancer treatment with curative intent were...
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Purpose This study aimed to explore the cancer care experiences of people living with and beyond cancer during COVID-19 in Ireland. Methods The study adopted a longitudinal qualitative design using semi-structured interviews with sixteen participants. Interviews were undertaken on three occasions over six months (January–June 2021). The National C...
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Résumé L’essor des traitements oraux en oncologie et plus particulièrement les thérapies ciblées ont connu un développement rapide ces vingt dernières années. Ces thérapies font partie, à ce jour, des traitements standard. La plupart du temps, ces traitements oraux sont autogérés par les patients. Par conséquent, de nouveaux modèles de prise en cha...
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Background Evidence for effectiveness of nurse-led interventions FOR cancer-related symptoms is of variable quality. This study aimed to identify, appraise and evaluate the nature and effectiveness of nurse-led interventions on symptoms for people with cancer. Methods A systematic review and meta-analysis. Ten major databases were searched (2000 t...
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Onkologische Erkrankungen nehmen in der Schweiz zu und die Betroffenen sind vermehrt mit einem chronischen Verlauf konfrontiert. Bei chronischen Krebserkrankungen ist das Erlernen vom Selbstmanagement bei Symptomen zentral. Pflegefachpersonen können das Selbstmanagement unterstützen, wenn sie in Edukationsgesprächen die Selbstwirksamkeit der Betrof...
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Background Weighing risks and benefits is currently the primary criterion for decisions regarding systemic anticancer treatment (SACT) in far advanced cancer patients, also in the modern immunotherapy- and molecular-targeted driven oncology. Decision aids rarely include substantially key concepts of early integrated palliative care (PC) and communi...
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Introduction: Literature on the impact of COVID-19 on cancer patients pointed towards an increase in uncertainty, anxiety, fear and distress. Our aim was to analyze cancer patient-reported experiences through a qualitative ap proach to identify their potential concerns, needs and resources during the pandemic and to evaluate their levels of distres...
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Patient and public involvement (PPI) in research is increasingly recognized and encouraged by public and funding bodies. Although gaining momentum, the implementation of PPI in Switzerland remains recent. Since 2021, the Laboratoire des Patients, affiliated to the Swiss Cancer Center Léman (SCCL), aims to establish a PPI model for oncology research...
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Background Safety measures due to the Covid-19 pandemic necessitated universities to reorganise teaching to accommodate the students' needs, including nursing students who had been called back into clinical practice to support front-line nursing. Purpose To describe the experiences of post-graduate students in nursing sciences (experienced in clin...
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Background: Head and neck cancer (HNC) patients experience distressing symptoms that can significantly impact their health-related quality of life (HRQoL). We analyzed the implementation of a nurse-led consultation (NLC) and explored potential associations with symptom burden in HNC patients. Methods: We retrospectively analyzed routinely collec...
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The University Hospital of Lausanne has heavily invested in the development of interdisciplinary oncology centers to improve the quality of care, and structure research and training. By integrating specialist nurses, it follows international recommendations. These specialists' nurses rephrase the information given by the doctor and ensure patients'...
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Background: Immune-related adverse events (IrAEs) associated with the use of immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) may not be fully covered by existing measures like the PRO-CTCAE™. Selecting PRO-CTCAE™ items for monitoring symptomatic adverse events is hindered by the heterogeneity and complexity of IrAEs, and no standardised selection process exis...
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Background: The Symptom Navi Program (SNP) is a nurse-led intervention supporting basic symptom self-management for patients with any cancer diagnosis. The SNP has been accepted by patients and healthcare professionals alike. Objective: The aims of this study were to pilot the SNP and evaluate patient-reported symptom outcomes, nursing support f...
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Purpose Studies focusing on patients with and survivors of cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic highlight unique psychological and behavioral challenges. These findings were obtained in surveys using self-report questionnaires with pre-specified response options that may not capture the broad range of experiences of individuals affected by cancer, i...
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Compared with the general population, oncology patients face a higher morbidity and mortality caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, health systems had to quickly adapt cancer care in order to maintain the best quality and patient safety. From March to May and from October to December 2020, 254 patients diagnosed with cancer and tested posit...
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Participant adherence to standardized 8-week mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) may be challenging, and adaptations from intervention protocols have been reported in mindfulness research. We conducted a scoping review to determine how women with breast or gynecological cancer adhered to standardized 8-week MBIs delivered in intervention studies...
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EVIVO is a well-established chronic disease self-management program, having been successfully implemented during the last decade in Switzerland. The program has shown positive results in facilitation of self-management competences for patients living with chronic diseases and their relatives. EVIVO was designed to run for 6 weeks with weekly sessio...
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Delivering optimal cancer care to children, adolescents and adults with ASD has recently become a healthcare priority and represents a major challenge for all providers involved. In this review, and after consideration of the available evidence, we concisely deliver key information on this heterogenous group of neurodevelopmental disorders, as well...
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Background: Mind-body interventions have the potential to reduce cancer patients’ distress during initial care and rehabilitation, but access to face-to-face interventions is often limited due to entry barriers such as geographical distance, time, financial constraints, or lack of service providers, or due to rules on hygiene and social distancing...
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Context: Immune-checkpoint inhibitors (ICI) have shown significant benefits for overall survival across various cancer types. Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) are assessed in clinical trials as a measure of efficacy. However, it remains unclear to what extent current PRO instruments capture symptoms specific to ICI toxicities. We conducted a syste...
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Background Patient experience surveys are increasingly conducted in cancer care as they provide important results to consider in future development of cancer care and health policymaking. These surveys usually include closed-ended questions (patient-reported experience measures (PREMs)) and space for free-text comments, but published results are mo...
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Background and aims The occurrence rate of adverse events (AEs) related to care among hospitalized oncology patients in Switzerland remains unknown. The primary objective of this study was to describe, for the first time, the occurrence rate, type, severity of harm, and preventability of AEs related to care, reported in health records of hospitaliz...
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Integrative medicine combines the virtues of conventional medicine and complementary medicine in order to improve the quality of life of patients suffering from cancer. Thanks to a multidisciplinary and multi-professional team, the Center for integrative and complementary medicine (CEMIC) allows since 2017 cancer patients at CHUV to have access to...
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In der Schweiz ist kein einheitliches Vorgehen zur Unterstützung des Symptom-Selbstmanagements bei Krebstherapien etabliert. Da systemische Krebstherapien häufig ambulant durchgeführt werden, könnte ein standardisiertes Vorgehen Krebsbetroffenen helfen, ihre physischen und psychosozialen Symptome besser zu erkennen und autonomer damit umzugehen. In...
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Prof. Manuela Eicher und Marika Bana moderierten am 16. April 2020 ein Webinar mit Pflegeexpertinnen und -experten der Onkologiepflege. Eingeladene Expertinnen und Experten waren: Monika Biedermann, Matthias Hellberg-Naegele, Dianah Malin, Ernst Näf, Franziska Schmidt und Cristina Studer. In diesem Artikel fassen wir die diskutierten Themen zusamme...
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Objective The peer-led Cancer Thriving and Surviving Program (CTS) has demonstrated improved health outcomes for cancer survivors. We describe a co-creative process for adapting the CTS for breast cancer survivors in Switzerland and integrating the program into the clinical pathway of Swiss breast centers. Methods A co-creative approach was employ...
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Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) are the patient’s assessment of their own health status, free from the interpretation of any third party, including healthcare providers. They convey valuable information on issues that are not easily assessed by healthcare providers, such as symptom frequency and burden or health-related quality of life, which are...
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Background and Purpose Few tools exist to measure real-time patient demands for care and match them with the supply of available nurses. We translated the Oncology Acuity Tool into a French version (for Switzerland) and conducted preliminary validation. Methods The setting was two French-speaking Swiss hospitals. Methods included translation and h...
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Background: Cancer diagnosis and treatments may present severe adversity and challenge an individual adaptation ability. Individual resilience might be an important factor influencing the response to adversity in adult cancer patients. To date, the concept of individual resilience in adults with cancer has not been analysed in detail. Objective:...
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Background The occurrence rate of adverse events (AEs) in hospitalised cancer patients in Switzerland remains unknown. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Global Trigger Tool (GTT) is among the most used methods to identify AEs. However, the GTT lacks oncology-specific triggers. Therefore, we developed a GTT-based Swiss Oncology Trigger...
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Support self-management of symptoms in cancer therapies:The Symptom-Navi-Program Abstract. Background: Cancer patients experience a variety of symptoms associated with their disease and treatment. Many patients express uncertainty how to self-manage these symptoms. We developed the Symptom-Navi-Program (SNP) to support cancer patients' symptom self...
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Introduction Self-management interventions show promising results on symptom outcomes and self-management behaviours. The Symptom Navi© Programme (SN©P) is a nurse-led intervention supporting patients’ symptom self-management during anticancer treatment. It consists of written patient information (Symptom Navi© Flyers (SN©Flyers)), semistructured c...
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Background Advances in research and technology coupled with an increased cancer incidence and prevalence have resulted in significant expansion of cancer nurse role, in order to meet the growing demands and expectations of people affected by cancer (PABC). Cancer nurses are also tasked with delivering an increasing number of complex interventions...
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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to explore the acceptance of a novel role, the advanced practice nurse in lung cancer (APNLC), from the perspective of patients and healthcare professionals in a country lacking a regulatory oversight for advanced practice nursing (APN) roles. Methods and design: This study utilized a qualitative methodolog...
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Background: Advances in research and technology coupled with an increased cancer incidence and prevalence have resulted in significant expansion of cancer nurse role, in order to meet the growing demands and expectations of people affected by cancer (PABC). Cancer nurses are also tasked with delivering an increasing number of complex interventions...
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Background There is huge variation in the roles, competencies, and functions of oncology nurses all over Europe. Even on a national level, they might differ between different regions and settings. This article provides a brief overview of different roles of oncology nurses in Europe. Materials and methods Based on literature summarizing different...
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Objective We developed two intensity levels of a complex intervention for inter‐professional supportive care in cancer (IPSC‐C) to facilitate resilience and reduce unmet supportive care needs. We aimed to test the feasibility, acceptability and preliminary effectiveness of both intensity levels in routine practice. Methods In a randomized, non‐com...
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Review question/objective: The objective of this psychometric review is to identify needs assessment instruments for informal dementia caregivers which are:More specifically, the aim is to present an overview and an evaluation of the available needs assessment instruments, including: i) their psychometrics (reliability and validity) when available...
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Background: Informal dementia caregivers (IDCs) are often confronted with important fluctuations in care-related burden, commonly described as "good and bad days." These fluctuations are overlooked by traditional questionnaires focusing on the average experience. The experience sampling method (ESM) is based on the repeated collection of data in e...
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Purpose: There are limited data on the effectiveness of Advanced Practice Nurses in Lung Cancer (APNLC). Previous studies have demonstrated barriers to investigation including low recruitment and high attrition rates in lung cancer population. The primary aim of this study was to assess the feasibility of APNLC consultations and the ability to col...
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Aim: To assess the relative effects of different types of exercise and other non-pharmaceutical interventions on cancer-related fatigue (CRF) in patients during and after cancer treatment. Design: Systematic review and indirect-comparisons meta-analysis. Data sources: Articles were searched in PubMed, Cochrane CENTRAL and published meta-analys...
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The aim of this phase II study is to test by feasibility and efficacy of two interprofessional supportive care interventions with different intensities to facilitate resilience in patients and thereby to reduce their unmet supportive care needs.
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Background: Lung cancer and its treatment impose significant physical and psychosocial burden on patients. New models of care are needed to deliver effective supportive care, decrease symptom burden and support symptom self-management. The Advanced Practice Nurse in Lung Cancer (APNLC) role specifically targets these patient needs through specific...
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Bei der operativen Behandlung von Brustkrebs stehen heute brusterhaltende Operationen im Vordergrund. Muss der gesamte Brustdrüsenkörper entfernt werden, stehen verschiedene rekonstruktive Verfahren zur Verfügung. Die Vielfalt an Behandlungsmöglichkeiten verstärkt den Bedarf an Information und Unterstützung durch ein multi professionelles Behandlun...
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Background: The advanced practice nurse in lung cancer (APNLC) has shown to play a key role in meeting the complex supportive care needs of patients with lung cancer. Nurses working in novel advanced practice nursing (APN) roles encounter a range of barriers to effective practice particularly in countries without an existing regulation of these nov...
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INTRODUCTION evidence-based practice (EBP) is too scarcely applied in nursing and is a key contemporary challenge for the discipline. Method and objective : This descriptive and correlational study invited 221 nurses working in three different clinical settings of university hospitals in Switzerland. The objective of this study was to describe thei...
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BACKGROUND Short informations with graphic elements may support self management of symptoms. Enhancing self-management is a key element of cancer care. Since 2011 different organisations have been developing patient education handouts, the so called symptom navi with three different graphical variants and slightly different text. AIM To lay ground...
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Introduction La fatigue liée au cancer (FLC) est l’un des symptômes les plus communs et les plus pénibles du cancer et de son traitement. Elle peut être présente avant le début du traitement et s’accentue généralement pendant celui-ci. Comparée à la fatigue ressentie par des individus sains, la FLC est plus importante, plus pénible et moins facilem...
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Objective: Psychological distress remains a major challenge in cancer care. The complexity of psychological symptoms in cancer patients requires multifaceted symptom management tailored to individual patient characteristics and active patient involvement. We assessed the relationship between resilience, psychological distress and physical activity...