Unmet needs of gynaecological cancer survivors: implications for developing community support services

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Title Unmet needs of gynaecological cancer survivors: implications for developing community support services
Author Beesley, Vanessa L; Eakin, Elizabeth; Chambers, Suzanne Kathleen; Aitken, Joanne; Dunn, Jeff; Battistutta, Diana
Journal Name Psycho-Oncology
Year Published 2008
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Abstract After treatment completion, gynaecological cancer survivors may face long-term challenges and late effects, specific to this disease. Available research on supportive care needs of women with gynaecological cancer is limited. This study aimed to determine the prevalence and correlates of unmet needs within a population of gynaecological cancer survivors. Eight hundred and two women participated in a population-based mail survey in 2004 (56% response rate). The questionnaire included a validated instrument to assess 45 need items across multiple supportive care domains, and a range of measures to evaluate related correlates consistent with a social–ecological perspective. Forty-three per cent of respondents reported having at least one moderate- or high-level unmet need. The five highest included needing help with fear about the cancer spreading (17%), concerns about the worries of those close to them (15%), uncertainty about the future (14%), lack of energy/tiredness (14%), and not being able to do things they used to do (14%). Subgroups of women with higher odds of reporting 'some' unmet needs across multiple supportive care domains include those who, are not in remission, live with lymphoedema or are unable to work due to illness. Odds were also higher for women who had undergone more recent treatment, and who lived in rural or remote locations. Further assistance with the top specific concerns of gynaecological cancer survivors is recommended. Identified subgroups with higher needs are important targets for support.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pon.1249
Volume 17
Issue Number 4
Page from 392
Page to 400
ISSN 1057-9249
Date Accessioned 2011-03-17
Date Available 2011-09-09T07:06:43Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Health Practice Innovation; Behavioural Basis of Health
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Oncology and Carcinogenesis
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/40757
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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