Patients’ expectations of treatment of sequela after cancer in primary care: an interview study

Sarah Jakobsen, Sigrid Velling Gundersen, Rikke Klitlund Jensen, Martin Færch Andersen, Marianne Kongsgaard, Janus Laust Thomsen, Allan Riis

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Oral conference presentation.

The treatment of most cancer types has improved, which has led to an increased prevalence of cancer survivors in all age-groups. In Denmark, approximately 40,000 patients are diagnosed with cancer per year. 60% of these are expected to be alive after five years. Consequently, patients are living longer after a cancer
diagnosis. More than 300,000 patients live with cancer in Denmark and about 50% experience sequela caused by either the disease or the treatment of cancer. Therefore, physiotherapists in primary care meet an increasing number of these patients referred by the general practitioner. Currently, patients’ expectations with their treatment of sequela are limited. The aim is to explore expectations when referred general practice to physiotherapeutic treatment of sequela after cancer.

Participants were recruited through The Danish Cancer Society and a private physiotherapy clinic. Individual semi-structured interviews were carried out using Microsoft Teams based on an interview guide that was piloted before the interviews. Interviews were audio recorded and transcribed verbatim. The data was analyzed using Malterud´s principles of systematic text condensation and coded in NVivo 12.

We conducted 10 interviews with a duration between 40-60 Minutes. Four main themes emerged: (1) Importance of the physiotherapist´s approach, (2) The benefits of meeting patients with similar symptoms, (3) Importance of receiving knowledge, and (4) Patients seek to maintain their current state more often
than aiming for improving their condition.

Patients seek information about sequela after cancer by all health professionals in primary care. They expect support to maintain their current condition and prefer to meet others with similar symptoms.
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StatusUdgivet - 2022
Begivenhed22nd Nordic Congress of General Practice 2022: On the edge, general practice for future generations - Stavanger, Norge
Varighed: 21 jun. 202223 jun. 2022
Konferencens nummer: 22


Konference22nd Nordic Congress of General Practice 2022


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