Oncology Nursing Research: Moving Toward Equitable and Inclusive Science.

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  • Author(s): Lyon D;Lyon D
  • Source:
    Oncology nursing forum [Oncol Nurs Forum] 2021 Sep 01; Vol. 48 (5), pp. 469-470.
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    Journal Article
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      Publisher: Oncology Nursing Society Country of Publication: United States NLM ID: 7809033 Publication Model: Print Cited Medium: Internet ISSN: 1538-0688 (Electronic) Linking ISSN: 0190535X NLM ISO Abbreviation: Oncol Nurs Forum Subsets: MEDLINE
    • Publication Information:
      Publication: Pittsburgh, PA : Oncology Nursing Society
      Original Publication: New York, Oncology Nursing Society.
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    • Abstract:
      One of the challenges for nurse scientists, particularly those of us educated in traditional academic models, is the question of how to make certain that our research addresses critical barriers to achieving health and healthcare equity. Traditional research inculcation taught us to focus on discrete, answerable questions, using an attainable sample given the financial and practical limitations inherent in research implementation. Although these techniques were part of an agreed-upon scientific method, the restrictions can lead to an answer to a circumscribed question but fail to articulate the broader issues inherent in designing and implementing human research that moves from inquiry to impact. Although our strong history in oncology nursing research includes a range of health concerns and responses to cancer, including biologic, socio-cultural, sex and gender, and, more recently, financial, I think that we, as oncology nurse scientists, agree that the focus of our research needs to more explicitly address pernicious aspects of health that lead to health disparities: racism and structural discrimination. Racism and structural barriers cloud all aspects of oncology: early detection, the design and uptake of promising therapeutics, quality of life, and financial well-being during active treatment and survivorship. How do we take the essential steps to not only measure but also address these critical barriers to reduce disparities and bring about more equitable and salubrious outcomes in oncology nursing research?
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      Keywords: barriers*; health outcomes*; nursing research*; racism*; social determinants of health*; structural discrimination*
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      Date Created: 20210819 Date Completed: 20211015 Latest Revision: 20211015
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