Survivorship care plans and information for rural cancer survivors

Rowe, Arlen ORCID: and Crawford-Williams, Fiona and Goodwin, Belinda C. and Myers, Larry and Stiller, Anna and Dunn, Jeff ORCID: and Aitken, Joanne F. and March, Sonja ORCID: (2022) Survivorship care plans and information for rural cancer survivors. Journal of Cancer Survivorship. pp. 1-8. ISSN 1932-2259

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Purpose: The purpose of the study was to investigate the amount and type of survivorship care information received by cancer survivors living in rural Australia and whether this varies according to demographic factors or cancer type. Methods: Self-reported receipt of a survivorship care plan (SCP) and information on various aspects of survivorship care (e.g., managing side effects, healthy lifestyles, psychosocial advice and monitoring for recurrence) were collected from 215 cancer survivors who had returned home to a rural area in Queensland Australia after receiving cancer treatment in a major city within the previous 5 years (72% in the previous 12 months). Logistic regression was used to assess for differences across demographic factors and cancer type. Results: Only 35% of participants reported receiving a SCP and proportions of those reporting the receipt of specific information varied from 74% for information on short-term side effects to less than 30% for information on finances, chemoprevention and monitoring for signs of recurrence. No significant differences were found in the receipt of survivorship care information across demographic factors or cancer type. Conclusions: Findings suggest that cancer survivors living in rural areas are not consistently provided with adequate survivorship care information, particularly that pertaining to long-term health and recovery. Implications for Cancer Survivors: Without improved systems for delivering survivorship care information to patients returning home to rural communities after treatment, these cancer survivors risk missing out on necessary information and advice to maintain their health, wellbeing and long-term recovery.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current – Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Wellbeing (1 Jan 2022 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health Research (1 Apr 2020 -)
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2022 01:19
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2022 02:54
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cancer; Information; Regional and remote; Rural; Survivorship; Survivorship care plan
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420321 Rural and remote health services
32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3202 Clinical sciences > 320224 Rural clinical health
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420602 Health equity
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 20 HEALTH > 2005 Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health) > 200508 Rural and remote area health
20 HEALTH > 2002 Evaluation of health and support services > 200203 Health education and promotion
20 HEALTH > 2002 Evaluation of health and support services > 200204 Health inequalities
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