Suzuki, Miho



Faculty of Nursing and Medical Care (Shonan Fujisawa)




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  • Nursing support for symptoms in patients with cancer and caregiver burdens: a scoping review protocol

    Kako J., Kobayashi M., Kanno Y., Kajiwara K., Nakano K., Morikawa M., Matsuda Y., Shimizu Y., Hori M., Niino M., Suzuki M., Shimazu T.

    BMJ open (BMJ open)  12 ( 9 )  2022.09

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    INTRODUCTION: Terminally ill patients with cancer experience a variety of symptoms, and their families experience certain caregiver burdens. Most studies on this topic have focused on the symptoms experienced by patients with cancer. There is little established evidence to show how nursing support affects these symptoms and burdens. Nurses provide support by extrapolating their clinical experience, practical knowledge and insights gained from the treatment phase of patients with cancer, regardless of the existence or degree of evidence. This study presents a scoping review protocol with the aim of categorising the feasibility of nursing support from the initial to the terminal phases in the trajectory of cancer care. METHOD AND ANALYSIS: This review will be guided by Arksey and O'Malley's five-stage scoping review framework and Levac's extension. Our research project team will focus on the pain, dyspnoea, nausea and vomiting, constipation, delirium, fatigue and skin disorders experienced by patients with cancer as well as the burdens experienced by caregivers of such patients. All available published articles from database inception to 31 January 2022 will be systematically searched using the following electrical databases: PubMed, CINAHL, CENTRAL in the Cochrane Library and Ichushi-Web of the Japan Medical Abstract Society databases. In addition, we will assess relevant studies from the reference list and manually search each key journal. The formula creation phase of the literature search involves working with a librarian to identify relevant keywords. At least two reviewers will independently screen and review articles and extract data using a data chart form. Results will be mapped according to study design and analysed for adaptation in the field of terminal cancer. ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION: This review does not require ethical approval as it is a secondary analysis of pre-existing, published data. The findings will be disseminated through peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations.

  • Facilitators and barriers in implementing the nurse practitioner role in Japan: A cross-sectional descriptive study

    Suzuki M., Harada N., Honda K., Koda M., Araki T., Kudo T., Watanabe T.

    International Nursing Review (International Nursing Review)   2022

    ISSN  00208132

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    Aim: To investigate the distribution of nurse practitioners (NPs) across Japan and their perceived facilitators and barriers to NP implementation in Japan. Background: NP certification examinations have been conducted in Japan since 2011, and by 2020, there were 487 NPs in the country. The momentum of NP implementation is slower in Japan compared with other countries. Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive study, following the STROBE guidelines, was conducted. Web-based survey questionnaires, developed by the authors, were administered to 248 NPs whose email addresses were maintained by the certification management body. Results: Valid responses were obtained from 101 NPs (response rate: 40.7%), of which 34% were male. The respondents had more than 12 years of registered nurse experience on an average before enrolling in the graduate NP program. 53% were employed as NPs from the beginning, while 25% were initially employed as registered nurses and later advanced to NPs, and 11% still worked as RNs. A majority worked in hospitals with beds. Many NPs perceived the lack of NP national licensure and reimbursement benefits as barriers to NP implementation, whereas recognition from superiors and organizations was considered facilitators. Conclusions: Despite their small numbers in Japan, NPs take on crucial tasks and contribute to the appropriate distribution of medical resources. The NP licensure system and recognition from superiors and organizations may be necessary to promote NP roles in Japan. Implications for nursing and health policy: Some certified NPs still work as registered nurses. Recognition from nursing and organization administrators is critical to implementing NPs. To this end, a reimbursement system benefiting the organizations and a legislation facilitating NP employment are required.

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  • 日本におけるナースプラクティショナーの展開に向けた費用対効果等のアウトカム研究


    MEXT,JSPS, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research, 基盤研究(B), Principal investigator


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