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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Supportive care needs of women with breast cancer in rural Scotland
Authors: Hubbard, Gill
Venning, Christine
Walker, Alison
Scanlon, Karen
Kyle, Richard G
Contact Email: gill.hubbard@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: Rural
Breast cancer
Supportive care needs
Unmet needs
Issue Date: Jun-2015
Publisher: Springer
Citation: Hubbard G, Venning C, Walker A, Scanlon K & Kyle RG (2015) Supportive care needs of women with breast cancer in rural Scotland, Supportive Care in Cancer, 23 (6), pp. 1523-1532.
Abstract: PURPOSE The aim of this study was to identify the supportive care needs and unmet needs of women with breast cancer (BC) in rural Scotland. METHODS In 2013, a survey of supportive care needs of rural women with BC was conducted using the short-form Supportive Care Needs Survey (SCNS-SF34). Semi-structured interviews were subsequently conducted with a purpose sample of questionnaire respondents. RESULTS Forty-four women with BC completed the survey and ten were interviewed. Over half of participants reported at least one moderate to high unmet need (56.8 %, n = 25), a tenth reported low needs (11.4 %, n = 5), and around a third reported no unmet needs for all 34 items (31.8 %, n = 14). The most prevalent moderate to high needs were 'being informed about cancer in remission' (31.8 %, n = 14), 'fears about the cancer spreading' (27.3 %, n = 12), 'being adequately informed about the benefits and side-effects of treatment' and 'concerns about the worries of those close to you' (both 25.0 %, n = 11). Interviews highlighted the following unmet needs: information about treatment and side effects, overview of care, fear of recurrence, impact on family and distance from support. CONCLUSIONS Rural women with BC report similar unmet needs to their urban counterparts. Fear of recurrence is a key unmet need that should be addressed for all women with BC. However, they also report unique unmet needs because of rural location. Thus, it is critical that cancer services address the additional unmet needs of rural women with BC and, in particular, needs relating to distance from services.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/21244
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00520-014-2501-z
Rights: Copyright The Author(s) 2014. This article is published with open access at Springerlink.com. This article is open-access. Open access publishing allows free access to and distribution of published articles where the author retains copyright of their work by employing a Creative Commons attribution licence. Proper attribution of authorship and correct citation details should be given.
Affiliation: Cancer Care Research Centre
Breast Cancer Care
Breast Cancer Care
Breast Cancer Care
HS Health - Highland

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