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Eileen Furlong

Lecturer In Nursing/Researcher In Ehealth Cancer Care

School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems
B2.21
UCD Health Sciences
Belfield
Dublin

Tel: 0035317166478
Email: eileen.furlong@ucd.ie

Biography

I am an Assistant Professor in Nursing and a Researcher in Cancer Care. I am Programme Director of the MSc Advanced Nursing Practice since it began in 2001. This role incorporates teaching, clinical and classroom assessments, curriculum development, administration and liaison with clinical colleagues.  In addition, I have been instrumental in developing and teaching health assessment skills and knowledge across a wide range of programmes.  From 1998-2006 I was the programme leader for the Cancer Nursing programme from 1998 to 2006. I had the role of Subject Head for Chronic Care Nursing from May 2012 to August 2014.  I have an honorary clinical role in Cancer Services at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital.  I am the joint Lead PI on an FP-7 funded European Commission project entitled: Randomised controlled trial to evaluate electronic Symptom Management using the Advanced Management System (ASyMS) Remote Technology for patients with cancer. 

Clinical Nurse Specialist
Paediatric Oncology Liaison Nurse February 1994 - June 1998
Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin
This peripatetic position incorporated the care of children with cancer in the hospital setting and in the community. Children are cared for at all stages of the disease trajectory, empowering the parents and family to care for the child at home when appropriate. I worked as part of the hospital multi-disciplinary team and the primary care team.

Oncology Nursing Development Officer January 1993 - February 1994
Irish Cancer Society / University College Dublin
This was a research position which explored the cancer content of the curricula at pre-registration level and assessing the learning needs of nurse tutors in the School of Nursing in Ireland.

Clinical Nurse Teacher January 1984 - August 1991
Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin
I was involved in teaching student nurses in the classroom and in the clinical setting.

Staff Nurse / Nurse Manager August 1981 - December 1983
Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin


Professional

 

Associations

Association: National Cancer Forum (2004-2006) which produced A Cancer Control Strategy for Ireland, Function/Role:
Association: Irish Association for Nurses in Oncology , Function/Role: (NEC member / Past President)
Association: Irish Breast Care Nurses Association , Function/Role: (Honorary Member)
Association: Irish Association for Advanced Nurse/Midwife Practitioners, Function/Role:
Association: Sigma Theta Tau International, Function/Role:
Association: National Cancer Institute (USA) / All Ireland Nurses Working Group, Function/Role:
Association: All Ireland Fatigue Coalition, Function/Role:
Association: European Oncology Nurses Society (EONS), Function/Role:
Association: Accreditation Committee of EONS, Function/Role:
     

Conference Contributions

Furlong, E.; (2006) 2006 - Education and role development in cancer nursing. [Oral Presentation], Irish Breast Care Nurses Association, 9th Annual Conference, * , 30-SEP-06 - 30-SEP-06.
Furlong, E.; (2005) The Art of Patient Assessment in Cancer Care. [Oral Presentation], ECCO 13 Scientific Cancer Conference, Paris , 14-APR-05 - 16-APR-04.
Furlong, E.; (2004) The role of the oncology advanced nurse practitioner in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Irish Association for Nurses in Oncology, 22nd Annual Conference, * , 23-OCT-04 - 23-OCT-04.
Furlong, E.; (2002) Cancer Related Fatigue. [Oral Presentation], NCI All Ireland Cancer Consortium Nurses Awareness Day, * , 20-SEP-02 - 22-SEP-02.
               

Publications

 

Book Chapters

Furlong, E. & O'Toole, S.; (2006) 'Psychological Care for Patients with Cancer' In: Kearney, N., Richardson, A (eds). Nursing Patients with Cancer: Principles and Practice. Edinburgh: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone. [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Furlong E.P. (2017) 'Protecting: A Grounded Theory Study of Younger Children's Experiences of Coping with Maternal Cancer'. Cancer Nursing, 40 (1):13-21. [DOI] [Details]
Maguire R, Fox P, McCann L, Miaskowski C, Kotronoulas G, Miller M, Furlong E, Ream E, Armes J, Gaiger A, Berg G, Flowerday A, Donnan P, McCrone P, Apostolidis K, Harris J, Katsaragakis S, Buick A. and Kearney K. (2017) 'The eSMART study protocol: a randomised controlled trial to evaluate symptom management using the advanced symptom management system (ASyMS) remote technology for patients with cancer'. British Medical Journal, 7 (5). [DOI] [Details]
Fox P., Darley A., Furlong E., Miaskowski C., Patiraki E., Armes J., Ream E, Papadopoulou C., McCann L., Kearney N. and Maguire R. (2017) 'The assessment and management of chemotherapy-related toxicities in patients with breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphomas: a scoping review'. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, . [DOI] [Details]
Miaskowski C, Cooper B.A, Aouizerat B, Melisko M, Chen L-M, Dunn L, Hu X, Kober K.M, Mastick J, Levine J.D, Hammer M, Wright F, Harris J, Armes J, Furlong E, Fox P, Ream E, Maguire R, Kearney N. (2016) 'The symptom phenotype of oncology outpatients remains relatively stable from prior to through 1 week following chemotherapy'. European Journal of Cancer Care, . [DOI] [Details]
Furlong E. (2011) 'The impact of a maternal cancer diagnosis on school-age children'. European Journal of Cancer, (11):47-S3,S4:47. [Details]
Furlong E. Commentary on Liu J, Mok E and Wong T.; (2007) 'Caring in Nursing: investigating the meaning of caring from the perspective of cancer patients in Beijing, China'. Journal of Clinical Nursing, . [Details]
Furlong, E,Smith, R; (2005) 'Advanced nursing practice: Policy, education and role development'. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 14 :1059-1066. [Details]
Furlong, E., Fox, P., Lavin, M. & Collins, R.; (2005) 'Oncology Nursing Students' Views of Modified OSCE'. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 9 (4):351-359. [Details]
O'Connor and Furlong E.; (2002) 'From the United States to Southern Ireland: Translating the Role of Oncology Advanced Practice Nurse'. Oncology Nursing Forum, 29 (7):1038-1038. [Details]
O'Connor L. Furlong E. (2002) 'From the United States to Southern Ireland: Translating the role of oncology nursing advanced practice nurse'. Oncology Nursing Forum, 29 . [Details]
 

Conference Publications

Young T, Maguire R, McCann L, Fox P, Furlong E, Armes J, Harris J, Miaskowski C, Kotronoulas G, Miller M, Ream E, Patiraki E, Geiger A, Berg G.V, Flowerday A, Donnan P, McCrone P, Apostolidis K. and Nora Kearney (2017) The eSMART RCT: Comparing electronic Symptom Management using the Advanced Symptom Management System (ASyMS) with standard care for patients during adjuvant chemotherapy UK PROMS Conference, Oxford [Details]
Fitzgibbon N, Drennan J, Fox P, Furlong E, Naughton C, Sheridan A, Kemple M, Coughlan B, Hyde A and Butler M. (2016) Evaluation of the Irish Cancer Society's Cancer Nurseline 18th International Psycho-Onocology Society Congress, Dublin [Details]
Fox P, Darley A, Furlong E, Papadopoulou C, Paterson C, Mather M, Kearney N and Maguire M. (2016) Scoping review of the assessment and management of chemotherapy-related toxicity to ensure the eSMART intervention is evidence-based and reflects current and local practice 17th Healthcare Interdisciplinary Research Conference, Trinity College Dublin [Details]
Kotronoulas G, Maguire R, Papadoulou C, Furlong E, Fox P, Ream E, Armes J, McCann L, Miaskowski C, Patiraki E, Apostolidis K. and Kearney N. (2016) Enabling symptom self-management via use of an electronic patient-reported outcomes (ePRO) system to increase self-efficacy of patients receiving active chemotherapy treatment 2nd Behaviour Change Conference: Digital Health and Wellbeing, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU [Details]
Furlong, E.P. Darley, A., Fox, P.A., Smith, R., Walsh, J., Buick, A., Kotronoulas, G., Papadopoulou, C., McCann, L., Maguire, R., & Kearney, N (2016) The integration of ASyMS into cancer care in Europe 16th Annual Nursing & Midwifery Research Conference, University College Cork Cork, Ireland, , 17-NOV-16 - 17-NOV-16 [Details]
Furlong E, Smith R, Kemple M, Wedgeworth K, Drennan J, Naughton C. (2015) Evaluation of Graduate Education in Advanced Practice Nursing 16th Healthcare Interdisciplinary Research Conference [Details]
Fox T, Drennan J, Furlong E, Naughton C, Sheridan A, Kemple M, Coughlan B, Butler M, Hyde A, & Bell M. (2015) Telephone and website users of the Irish Cancer Society's cancer information services: variations in age, gender and educational level 16th Healthcare Interdisciplinary Research Conference (HIRC2015) Trinity College Dublin , 04-NOV-15 - 05-NOV-15 [Details]
Furlong E, Hyde A, Coughlan B, Meehan T. (2011) The impact of maternal cancer on school-age children European Multidisciplinary Cancer Congress [Details]
Furlong E.; (2008) School-age children's experiences of maternal breast cancer International Society for Nurses in Cancer Care [Details]
Furlong, E.; (2005) The Art of Assessment in Cancer Care The European CancerConference ECCO Paris, France, , 30-OCT-05 - 03-NOV-05 [Details]

Published Reports

Drennan J., Fox P, Furlong E, Naughton C, Sheridan A, Kemple M, Coughlan B, Hyde A, Butler M, Bell, Kearney N, McGaughan E (2014) Evaluation of the Irish Cancer Society's Cancer Information Services. Irish Cancer Society, Dublin. [Details]
                                       

Abstract

Furlong, E (2012) Mommy has breast cancer: how do children cope? Protecting: a grounded theory study of school-age children's experiences in the context of maternal breast cancer. Abstract [Details]
Furlong, E (2011) The Impact of a Maternal Cancer Diagnosis on School-age Children. Abstract [Details]
                                                                                           

Research

Research Interests

eHealth in Cancer Care
Symptom Management 
Research with Children
Advanced Nursing Practice
Paediatric oncology
Family-centred care
Impact of cancer on the family 

PhD Funded Research Grants
2007-2008: Irish Cancer Society PhD Scholarship in Nursing
2009-2011: Marie Keating Foundation Scholarship in Breast Cancer Nursing Research

Post PhD Research Funding 
2014-2019: eSMART: RCT to evaluate electronic Symptom Management using the ASyMS remote technology for patients with breast, colorectal and haematological cancers. Funded by FP-7 European Commission  
2017-2019: Evaluation of nurse-led oral-chemotherapy clinics. Funded by HRB
2017-2019:
 To determine how the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Guidelines for Tamoxifen and  Aromatase Inhibitors (AIs) can be adapted to address the symptom burden for women with breast cancer in the follow up phase of treatment, who are receiving care in the North East of Ireland.  Funded by HRB 
2016-2018: A RCT to examine the effectiveness of reflexology for reducing symptoms in children/adolescents with cancer. Funded by Childhood Cancer Foundation
2016-2018: Developing the oncology practice context for pain assessment and registration in Ireland: an action research project. Funded by HRB 
2015-2017: Improving patient flow in oncology/haematology ambulatory setting: an improvement methodology initiative. Funded by NMPDU   
2014: Investigator driven support and palliative clinical trials and observational studies. Funded by Enterprise Ireland  
2012-2013: Evaluation of the Irish Cancer Society Cancer Information Services. Funded by Irish Cancer Society 




 

 


 

Research Projects

Sponsor : Irish Cancer Society (ICS)
Title : Childrens experiences of meternel breast cancer
Start Date / End Date : 01-JAN-07 / 30-SEP-08
Sponsor : The Marie Keating Foundation Scholarship
Title : Childrens experiences of meternal breast cancer
Start Date / End Date : 01-DEC-06 / 30-NOV-08
Sponsor : EC Framework (FP7)
Title : e-Symptom Management using ASyMS (Advanced Symptom Management System) Remote Technology for patients with breast, colorectal or haematological cancers receiving chemotherapy: Randomised controlled trial to improve patient outcomes (eSMART)
Start Date / End Date : 01-FEB-14 / 31-JAN-19
Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : HEALTH.2013.2.4.1-3 Investigator driven support and palliative clinical trials and observational studies
Start Date / End Date : 07-JAN-13 / 06-FEB-13
Sponsor : Irish Cancer Society (ICS)
Title : Evaluation of Irish Cancer Society's Cancer Information Services
Start Date / End Date : 03-DEC-12 / 30-SEP-13
Sponsor : Childhood Cancer Foundation
Title : A randomised Controlled Trial to Examine the Effectiveness of Reflexology for Reducing Symptoms in Children/ Adolescents with Cancer
Start Date / End Date : 15-FEB-16 / 03-MAY-18
Sponsor : Health Research Board (HRB)
Title : Patients¿ Satisfaction in a Nurse-Led Oral Chemotherapy Clinic
Start Date / End Date : 13-FEB-17 / 12-AUG-18
Sponsor : Health Research Board (HRB)
Title : To determine how the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Guidelines for Tamoxifen and Aromatase Inhibitors (AIs) can be adapted to address the symptom burden for women with breast cancer in the follow up phase of treatment, who are receivin
Start Date / End Date : 13-FEB-17 / 12-AUG-18