Issues patients would like to discuss at their review consultation in breast cancer clinics - a cross-sectional survey

Kanatas, A, Lowe, D, Velikova, G, Roe, Brenda, Horgan, K, Shaw, RJ and Rogers, Simon N (2014) Issues patients would like to discuss at their review consultation in breast cancer clinics - a cross-sectional survey. Tumori, 100 (5). pp. 568-579. DOI https://doi.org/10.1700/1660.18184

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Abstract

Aims and background. In breast cancer (BC) there are different therapies available with different side effects affecting the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of patients. Here we report a novel tool, the BC-specific Patient Concerns Inventory (PCI). This work includes a survey that is part of the validation process to allow a larger cohort and comparisons with clinical characteristics. We report the concerns that BC patients would like to discuss in the outpatient clinic - using the PCI - and also their choice of multidisciplinary team members they would like to see. Methods and study design. We carried out a cross-sectional survey - using the BC-specific PCI, the EORTC QLQ-C30 and the EORTC BC QLQ-BR23 - of patients who had completed their initial treatment and were attending a review outpatient clinic. 249 patients were recruited from February to July 2012. Results. Survey responses were obtained from 80% (200/249). The three most frequent items were fear of cancer coming back (62%, 124), breast sensitivity/pain (46%, 92), and fatigue/tiredness and low energy levels overall (46%, 92). The most frequently selected members of the multidisciplinary team that patients wished to see were the breast care nurse (46%, 92), the medical oncologist (28%, 55) and the psychologist (20%, 40). Conclusions. The PCI provides the opportunity for multiprofessional engagement across a range of issues specific to BC. It can identify issues relating to physical, psychological, sexual and social functioning, as well as issues relating to body image and lifestyle.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Nursing and Midwifery
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2014 11:53
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/6187

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