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Individualized blended care for patients with colorectal cancer: the patient's view on informational support
Department of Computer Science, Reykjavik University, Iceland ; School of Business, Economics and IT, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4563-0001
School of Business, Economics and IT, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8427-0961
School of Business, Economics and IT, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden ; Region Västra Götaland, NU Hospital Group, Trollhättan, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0493-8974
Department of Health Sciences, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8291-7223
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2021 (English)In: Supportive Care in Cancer, ISSN 0941-4355, E-ISSN 1433-7339, Vol. 29, no 6, p. 3061-3067Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

PURPOSE: The number of colorectal cancer patient survivors is increasing. Information and support during and after treatment are requested by patients, but questions remain on what to provide. The aim of this study was to understand what informational needs colorectal cancer patients and survivors have, with a focus on the potential support given by patient peers and the use of blended care.

METHODS: A qualitative study using focus groups was conducted with patients diagnosed at the same hospital at least one year prior to the initiation of the study. The focus group interviews were transcribed verbatim and analyzed using deductive content analysis.

RESULTS: The need for informational support varied over time and depended on individual patient characteristics. Timing was crucial and patients requested options of blended care and informational support after treatment cessation. The patients felt alone after treatment and requested assistance in communication with their next-of-kin. They also identified the value of peer support, especially to contextualize knowledge provided by healthcare.

CONCLUSION: This study showed a need for focus on individualized informational support. Blended care through integrating communication with peers online could be one way to support patients, both to enable shared decision-making as well as to provide person-centered care.

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Springer, 2021. Vol. 29, no 6, p. 3061-3067
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Blended Care, Cancer, Colon cancer, Communication, Information, Patient information, Patient satisfaction
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Nursing Information Systems, Social aspects
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Work Integrated Learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-19542DOI: 10.1007/s00520-020-05810-5ISI: 000577045900002PubMedID: 33044626Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85092493781OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-19542DiVA, id: diva2:1538472
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Published online: 12 October 2020

Available from: 2020-11-17 Created: 2021-03-19 Last updated: 2023-09-26Bibliographically approved

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Islind, Anna SigridurJohansson, VictoriaVallo Hult, HelenaAlsén, PiaGellerstedt, Martin

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