Do advanced cancer patients in Denmark receive the help they need? A nationally representative survey of the need related to 12 frequent symptoms/problems

Anna Thit Johnsen, Morten Aagaard Petersen, Lise Pedersen, Lise Jul Houmann, Mogens Groenvold

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Abstrakt

OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to investigate the adequacy of help delivered by the healthcare system for 12 symptoms/problems in a national, randomly selected sample of advanced cancer patients in Denmark.

METHODS: Advanced cancer patients (n = 1630) from 54 hospital departments across Denmark received the 3-Levels-of-Needs Questionnaire (3LNQ). The 3LNQ measures 'problem burden', the degree to which a symptom or problem is perceived as a problem, and 'felt need', whether the patient receives adequate help. Prevalences were calculated for 'problems' (at least 'a little' of a problem), 'moderate/severe problems' (at least 'quite a bit' of a problem) and 'felt need' (inadequate help or no help despite wanting it).

RESULTS: In total, 977 (60%) patients participated. The most frequent 'problems' were fatigue (73%; 'moderate/severe' 36%) and limitations doing physical activities (65%; 'moderate/severe' 36%). For the 12 symptoms/problems assessed the prevalence of 'felt need' was 11-35%. Of the patients who had received help, 34-74% viewed the help as inadequate. Of those who had not received help, 48-78% wished for help.

CONCLUSION: Advanced cancer patients are not receiving the help they need. Large proportions of patients were burdened by symptoms/problems. Of those who had received help, many viewed it as inadequate. Better symptom/problem identification and management is warranted for advanced cancer patients.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftPsycho-Oncology
Vol/bind22
Udgave nummer8
Sider (fra-til)1724-30
Antal sider7
ISSN1057-9249
DOI
StatusUdgivet - aug. 2013
Udgivet eksterntJa

Emneord

  • Aged
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Denmark
  • Fatigue
  • Female
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Needs Assessment
  • Neoplasms
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care
  • Prevalence
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Quality of Life
  • Questionnaires
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Terminal Care

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