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Improving survivors’ quality of life post-treatment: the perspectives of rural Australian cancer survivors and their carers

Gunn, Kate M, Olver, Ian, Ross, Xiomara Skrabal, Harrison, Nathan, Livingston, Patricia M and Wilson, Carlene 2021, Improving survivors’ quality of life post-treatment: the perspectives of rural Australian cancer survivors and their carers, Cancers, vol. 13, no. 7, pp. 1-15, doi: 10.3390/cancers13071600.

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Title Improving survivors’ quality of life post-treatment: the perspectives of rural Australian cancer survivors and their carers
Author(s) Gunn, Kate M
Olver, Ian
Ross, Xiomara Skrabal
Harrison, Nathan
Livingston, Patricia MORCID iD for Livingston, Patricia M orcid.org/0000-0001-6616-3839
Wilson, Carlene
Journal name Cancers
Volume number 13
Issue number 7
Article ID 1600
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2021-04-01
ISSN 2072-6694
2072-6694
Keyword(s) cancer
oncology
survivor
survivorship
rural
remote
post-treatment
quality of life
psychosocial
support
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Science & Technology
Summary The transition from urban centres back to rural and remote communities can be challenging for rural cancer survivors after treatment. This study aimed to (a) provide deeper understanding of the experiences of rural survivors who have completed active cancer treatment and returned to their rural communities, and (b) determine strategies to re-orient existing services or develop new interventions to more appropriately meet rural survivors’ service preferences and needs. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 22 adults (64% female) who lived outside of a metropolitan area and had completed active cancer treatment (n = 13), were the carer for a rural/remote cancer survivor (n = 6), or were both a survivor and carer (n = 3). Thematic analysis was conducted to identify dominant themes in the qualitative data. A range of physical, psychological and practical challenges that impact quality of life among rural survivors post-treatment were found. These challenges appeared to be compounded by a lack of trust in local rural healthcare services and a lack of clear post-treatment pathways to quality of life-enhancing support services. Acceptable strategies to overcome barriers included nurse-led, telephone-based, or face-to-face interventions, initiated and continued by the same service provider, and that included support to manage emotional challenges associated with post-treatment survivorship. The findings will inform the design of interventions to better meet rural cancer survivors’ post-treatment support needs.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/cancers13071600
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 1112 Oncology and Carcinogenesis
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30150054

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