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BMC Cancer

, 16:720

Epidemiology, prevention and public health


BackgroundGlobally, cancer rates are increasing. In Scotland, it is estimated that 2 in 5 people will develop cancer in their lifetime. Therefore, this is crucial time to provide personalised care and support to individuals affected by cancer. In response to this a community based supportive cancer service was launched in Glasgow, Scotland. The aim of this service is to proactively provide those affected by cancer with an assessment of their needs and personalised support where needed. To our knowledge, there is no other service like this in the United Kingdom.

MethodsThe aim of this study is to understand if and how the service impacts upon the experiences and outcomes of people living with and affected by cancer. The study uses a sequential mixed methods design across a 5 year time point. Data gathering includes questionnaires, interviews, observations and reflective diaries. Participants include people affected by cancer who have used the service, a comparative sample who have not used the service, individuals who deliver the service and wider stakeholders. Outcomes include measures of patient activation, quality of life, health status, and social support. Data collection occurs at baseline, 2.5 years and 4 years with data from observations and reflective diaries supplemented throughout.

DiscussionThis study evaluates an innovative community based cancer service. It focuses on impact and process issues relevant to a the individuals in receipt of the service, b the service providers, and c the wider culture. As the programme evolves overtime, the research has been designed to draw out learning from the programme in order to support future commissioning both within Scotland and across the UK.

KeywordsCancer Holistic needs assessment Community care Mixed methods Social support Quality of life Patient activation Health status Link officer AbbreviationsEQ-5DEuroQol 5 Dimension

FACT-GFunctional assessment of cancer therapy- general

HNAHolistic needs assessment

ICJImproving the cancer journey

MOS-SSSThe medical outcomes study social support survey

PAM-13Patient activation measure

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Autor: Austyn Snowden - Jenny Young - Mick Fleming


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