|Description of intervention in single exploratory case study|
|Abbreviated name for trial||Aim of trial||Setting and wider context||Nature of intervention||Nature of control intervention(s)|
|Phase 1: Single exploratory case|
|Aim: To identify potential variables of complexity for and to establish theoretical propositions that could be tested in phase 2|
|NLED||To evaluate the impact of a specialist nurse-led model of early discharge following breast cancer surgery on patients, carers and the health service, whilst developing collaborative care pathways that enable a smooth transition between acute and primary care||NHS teaching hospital/cancer centre on two sites (one large university hospital, one smaller district general hospital), with a large geographical catchment area encompassing urban, rural, affluent and deprived communities in North East/ Central Scotland||Nurse-led early discharge - going home with wound drains still in situ, one or two days after surgery, with a package of care in place. This group was allocated to one of two nurses from the breast care team who received training from clinical nurse specialists||Usual care - staying in hospital post-operatively until all wound drains were removed (approximately five or six days)|
NHS, National Health Service.
Wells et al. Trials 2012 13:95 doi:10.1186/1745-6215-13-95