Concerns, coping and the electronic holistic needs assessment: experiences of UK breast cancer survivors
Briggs, Lydia; Cooper, Joanne; Cox, Karen; Blake, Holly
HOLLY BLAKE email@example.com
Professor of Behavioural Medicine
Background: Physical and psychological concerns associated with a breast cancer diagnosis continue long after treatment. Macmillan Cancer Support developed an electronic Holistic Needs Assessment (eHNA) to help identify these concerns and allow a healthcare professional to address these as part of The Recovery Package.
Aims: The study aim was to understand the women’s experiences of having breast cancer, and of completing Macmillan’s eHNA as part of their care.
Methods: A qualitative approach was adopted. Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with fifteen women, 12-18 months following surgical treatment for invasive breast cancer. Thematic analysis identified key themes.
Results: Four main themes were identified in relation to: experiences of the eHNA, experiences of breast cancer, coping with breast cancer and the psychological effects of surviving. Perceptions towards the eHNA varied; some women viewed the eHNA as a research tool for hospital use rather than a beneficial aspect of their care. Several participants felt unable to raise their psychological concerns on the eHNA.
Conclusions: Although experiences differ, psychological issues remain a key factor for women with breast cancer, lasting long after treatment. The eHNA is not currently used to its potential, or recognised by women as a tool to support their care. Further research is needed into how the eHNA can be used effectively to capture psychological concerns and determine best approaches to implementation of the tool to support individualised care.
Briggs, L., Cooper, J., Cox, K., & Blake, H. (2019). Concerns, coping and the electronic holistic needs assessment: experiences of UK breast cancer survivors. Journal of Research in Nursing, https://doi.org/10.1177/1744987119829801
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Acceptance Date||Feb 4, 2019|
|Online Publication Date||Apr 10, 2019|
|Publication Date||Apr 10, 2019|
|Deposit Date||Feb 13, 2019|
|Publicly Available Date||Feb 13, 2019|
|Journal||Journal of Research in Nursing|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Keywords||qualitative, breast cancer, holistic needs assessment, survivorship, unmet needs|
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