The Oncology Nursing Society Rapid Review and Research Priorities for Cancer Care in the Context of COVID-19

oncology, nursing, coronavirus, COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, disparities, research
ONF 2021, 48(2), 131-145. DOI: 10.1188/21.ONF.131-145

Objectives: To identify research priorities addressing COVID-19 that build on the 2019–2022 Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Research Agenda, in alignment with ONS’s mission to promote excellence in oncology nursing and quality cancer care.

Methods & Variables: Priority areas were identified using a multistep approach combining rapid review of the literature; consultation with experts/stakeholders; and review of priorities from other funding agencies, public health, and cancer-focused organizations.

Results: The rapid research response team identified five priority areas for research related to COVID-19: (a) effect of COVID-19 on disparities in cancer care; (b) symptom science, palliative care, and end-of-life care research; (c) access to safe and effective cancer care, clinical trials, and research; (d) communication and partnerships with patients and caregivers; and (e) effect of COVID-19 on nursing workforce, support, and professional development. Cross-cutting themes were also identified.

Implications for Nursing: Oncology nurses are well positioned to address the research priorities and cross-cutting themes identified through this review. The use of innovative methodologic approaches and attention to disparities are necessary to advance cancer care related to COVID-19.

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