"Forewarned and forearmed": long-term childhood cancer survivors' and parents' information needs and implications for survivorship models of care

ANZCHOG survivorship study group

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Abstract

Objective: This mixed-method study assessed 1) survivors' and parents' information needs; and 2) associations between unmet information needs and clinical and socio-demographic characteristics. Methods: Stage 1: CCS and parents of CCS, >5years post-diagnosis completed a questionnaire on information needs, overall health and perceived risk. Predictors for unmet information needs were assessed by multivariable regression. Stage 2: participants were interviewed in-depth on these topics. Results: Questionnaires were completed by 485 participants comprising 322 survivors (mean age: 26.7years, SD = 7.9; time since diagnosis: 19.7years, SD = 8.8) and 163 parents (child age: 12.9years, SD = 2.4; time since diagnosis: 9.7years, SD = 2.3), and complemented by 70 interviews. Survivors reported unmet information needs about late effects (57.5%) and parents for fertility issues (62.5%). Survivors had more unmet needs for medical information whereas parents had significantly more regarding sexual issues and lifestyle. Being a parent (p = 0.001), dissatisfaction with follow-up care (p = 0.003), lower overall health (p = 0.014), higher perceived risk of late effects (p <0.001), and greater anxiety/depression (p <0.001) were significantly associated with more unmet needs. Conclusion: Unmet information needs were common for survivors and parents of CCS. Practice implications: Future efforts towards tailoring information on potential late effects, healthy lifestyles and follow-up care may help to address unmet information needs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-363
Number of pages9
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Volume100
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • (4–6): childhood cancer survivors
  • parents
  • information needs
  • mixed-method study
  • paediatric oncology

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