Special Issue "Supportive Care Needs of Cancer Patients and Caregivers"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2021).
2. Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Interests: cancer survivorship; digital health; implementation science; peer navigation; online support groups and social media; virtual care; patient-oriented research; intervention research; mixed-methodology
2. St. Mary's Research Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Interests: Longitudinal assessment of the impact of cancer on patients and their family caregivers; Intervention studies to improve outcomes in patients with cancer and their family caregivers, with a focus on self-administered interventions; Psychometric analysis using Rasch analysis; Mixed research methodology (quantitative and qualitative)
A diagnosis of cancer and its treatment can result in a wide range of short and long-term side effects and accompanying distress, which can impair patients’ quality of life. For many, these supportive care issues are neglected or not adequately addressed by the formal healthcare system, resulting in a high burden of unmet needs. Family members or spouse caregivers are critical in maintaining and improving the quality of life of patients with cancer and in helping to address their unmet needs. However, family caregivers require support as well, and as they often fulfill their role without formal assistance, they experience considerable unmet supportive care needs themselves. The accurate assessment of perceived needs is critical in order to tailor health services and supportive care interventions to each patient and family caregiver’s circumstances, psychosocial profile and supportive care needs.
Several individual studies and systematic reviews have reported on the supportive care needs of cancer patients and their family members using a variety of assessment tools and qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Collectively, this research has enhanced our understanding of the diverse needs of cancer patients and their family caregivers and led to the development of numerous supportive care interventions. However, gaps in the literature remain. For this Special Issue of Current Oncology, submissions that advance the literature on the supportive care needs of cancer patients and family caregivers are sought. Although all manuscripts on the supportive care needs of cancer patients or family caregivers will be considered, priority will be given to manuscripts focusing on: innovations in the assessment, analysis and management of supportive care needs; the translation of unmet needs research to clinical applications (e.g., use of unmet needs as a PRO); longitudinal analyses investigating changes in unmet needs over time; dyadic studies on the interaction between patients’ and caregivers’ unmet needs; and experimental designs that assess the impact of supportive care needs interventions. In addition, we encourage submissions that investigate the unique needs and priorities of under-researched groups, including patients with less prevalent cancers, First Nations, Inuit, Metis and urban Indigenous, racialized, new immigrant and 2SLGBTQIA+.
Dr. Jackie Bender
Dr. Sylvie Lambert
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- supportive care needs
- quantitative research
- qualitative research
- intervention research
- psychometric analysis