This research was undertaken by the New South Wales (NSW) Cancer Council Supportive Care Review Group and the Cancer Education Research Program, directed by Professor Rob Sanson-Fisher, Ph.D., until to November 1997. The Supportive Care Review Group includes Stephen Ackland, M.B.B.S., Robin Baker, Dip.Soc.Studs., Martin Berry, M.B.B.S., James Biggs, Ph.D., Jim Bishop, M.D., Les Bokey, M.S., Alison Burnard, R.N., Cert.M., Philip Clingan, M.B.B.S., Patrick Cregan, M.B.B.S., Stewart Dunn, Ph.D., Michael Friedlander, Ph.D., Kerry Goulston, M.D., Neville Hacker, M.D., John Kearsley, Ph.D., Allan Langlands, M.B.Ch.B., John Levi, M.D., Eugene Moylan, M.B.B.S., John Stewart, M.B.B.S., and Martin Tattersall, M.D. The views expressed are not necessarily those of the Cancer Council.
The unmet supportive care needs of patients with cancer
Article first published online: 20 NOV 2000
Copyright © 2000 American Cancer Society
Volume 88, Issue 1, pages 226–237, 1 January 2000
How to Cite
Sanson-Fisher, R., Girgis, A., Boyes, A., Bonevski, B., Burton, L., Cook, P. and Supportive Care Review Group (2000), The unmet supportive care needs of patients with cancer. Cancer, 88: 226–237. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1097-0142(20000101)88:1<226::AID-CNCR30>3.0.CO;2-P
- Issue published online: 20 NOV 2000
- Article first published online: 20 NOV 2000
- Manuscript Accepted: 9 AUG 1999
- Manuscript Received: 28 JUN 1999
- perceived needs;
- supportive care
The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and predictors of the perceived unmet needs of cancer patients undergoing treatment for their disease at public treatment centers.
A total of 1492 consecutive patients attending the surgical, radiation, or medical oncology departments of 9 major public cancer treatment centers in New South Wales, Australia, were asked to participate. Of the 1370 eligible patients, 1354 (99%) consented to participate and 888 (65%) returned completed surveys. Eligible consenting patients were given a Supportive Care Needs Survey to complete at home and return by mail within 7 days.
Patients' perceived needs were assessed across the following five areas: psychologic, health system and information, physical and daily living, patient care and support, and sexuality. Patients' perceived needs were highest in the psychologic, health system and information, and physical and daily living domains. Logistic regression modeling revealed subgroups of patients with different types of needs. The significant predictors of reporting some unmet need for help varied according to the domain examined.
This statewide study shows that cancer patients experience high levels of unmet needs across the range of domains examined. The study provides information that may be valuable in identifying areas where interventions could be tested and evaluated in an attempt to address the unmet needs of people living with cancer. [See related article on pages 217–25, this issue.] Cancer 2000;88:225–36. © 2000 American Cancer Society.