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Keywords

Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma, Mycosis Fungoides, Dermatology Nursing, Referrals, Nursing Referrals, Cutaneous Lymphoma, Skin Cancer, Diagnosis, Skin Assessment

 

Authors

  1. Lucas, Anna Skripnik
  2. Ciccolini, Kathryn

ABSTRACT

Background: Mycosis fungoides is the most common type of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL), yet is frequently misdiagnosed and perplexing to those who may not be familiar with the disease process and management. Therefore, nursing involvement in the interdisciplinary referral process from a generalist to a specialist is key to improving patient outcomes in the early detection of mycosis fungoides.

 

Purpose of Study/Inquiry: This manuscript elucidates the nursing role in the referral process of patients with CTCL, the importance of clinical grasp in the interdisciplinary approach for referrals, and factors to consider when customizing patient care plans.

 

Methodology/Methods and Analytical Approach: In effort to elucidate the nursing role in the obscure referral process in this unique patient population, an evidence-based approach is utilized to create a standardized method of care coordination to improve patient outcomes. Harvesting this method improves clinical care coordination and can result in a powerful tool to streamline the referral process.

 

Findings/Implications: An evidence-based standardized algorithm has been created for the nurse in the generalist office referring to patients with cutaneous lymphoma to dermatology specialists. Furthermore, this manuscript will strengthen nursing clinical knowledge, define the referral process, and improve patient outcomes in the transfer of care for patients with CTCL.