Defining unmet clinical need across the pathway of brain tumor care: a patient and carer perspective.
Cancer management and research
Dove Medical Press Ltd.
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Sage, W., Fernández-Méndez, R., Crofton, A., Gifford, M. J., Bannykh, A., Chrysaphinis, C., Tingley, E., et al. (2019). Defining unmet clinical need across the pathway of brain tumor care: a patient and carer perspective.. Cancer management and research, 11 2189-2202. https://doi.org/10.2147/cmar.s175886
Objective: The aim of this study was to determine the experience of patients with brain tumors and their carers across distinct parts of their treatment pathway and identify their views on potential service gaps in need of addressing. Methods: A structured survey was administered at patient workshops across the UK and online through a charity newsletter. Answers to closed questions were analyzed using descriptive statistics, and open questions were examined using techniques of inductive content analysis. Results: A total of 136 survey responses were received, representing patients with a variety of diagnoses and geographical locations (30 counties). There was a wide range of opinions on the provision of current neuro-oncology services. Key themes identi ed included a perceived lack of information provision, a gap in postdischarge psychological and neuropsychological supports, and an unmet willingness for involvement in research. Conclusion: This national survey enhances our knowledge of current patient and carer experi- ence within neuro-oncology services. A number of areas of unmet clinical need are highlighted providing a basis for informing future patient-centered service improvements and research. Keywords: patient experience, brain cancer, brain tumors, neuro-oncology pathway
Technology Strategy Board (102111)
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.2147/cmar.s175886
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/290938
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