The unique information and communication needs of men affected by prostate cancer: A qualitative study of men's experience
Chen, Hong; Twiddy, Maureen; Jones, Lesley; Johnson, Miriam J.
Dr Maureen Twiddy M.Twiddy@hull.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Mixed Methods Research
Professor Miriam Johnson Miriam.Johnson@hull.ac.uk
Objective: The objective of this study is to explore the specific information and communication needs of men affected by prostate cancer to inform the development of educational materials for clinicians. Methods: This is a qualitative descriptive study. A purposive sampling strategy was used to identify men at different cancer stages and with experience of different treatment regimens. Semistructured interviews (25) were conducted with 19 men and six carers over the phone. Interview data were analysed using a framework approach. Results: Four themes emerged: gaps in the information provided by secondary care doctors and nurses, communication skills needed in effective clinical information provision, a need for individualised information and alternative information sources used to meet unmet needs. Regardless of cancer stage and treatment, men with prostate cancer and their carers found information regarding common and burdensome adverse effects of prostate cancer treatment particularly lacking, and their ongoing and changing information needs often overlooked. They needed information delivered in a compassionate and individually tailored manner, considering content, timing and emotional support within the context of their unique life circumstances. Conclusion: Clinicians often fail to recognise the need for or deliver patient-centred conversations about treatment, managing side effects and prognosis. The findings will be used to develop clinician-facing educational materials.
Chen, H., Twiddy, M., Jones, L., & Johnson, M. J. (2021). The unique information and communication needs of men affected by prostate cancer: A qualitative study of men's experience. European Journal of Cancer Care, 30(6), https://doi.org/10.1111/ecc.13503
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Acceptance Date||Aug 4, 2021|
|Online Publication Date||Sep 21, 2021|
|Deposit Date||Aug 5, 2021|
|Publicly Available Date||Sep 22, 2022|
|Journal||European Journal of Cancer Care|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Keywords||Communication skill; Information need; Patient; Prostate cancer; Secondary care; Symptom management|
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