Contemporary consumer perspectives on prostate cancer survivorship: Fifty voices

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Journal Article
Psycho-Oncology, 2020, 29 (3), pp. 557 - 563
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© 2020 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Objective: To describe contemporary consumer experiences and priorities of prostate cancer survivorship to inform the development of survivorship guidelines. Method: In a cross-sectional qualitative design, semi-structured interviews were undertaken with fifty prostate cancer support group leaders (50% response) across urban and rural/regional Australia. An interpretative phenomenological approach was used to identify participants' experiences and priorities of survivorship. Results: Three themes were identified for informing the development of prostate cancer survivorship guidelines: (a) the Experience of Diagnosis and Treatment, (b) Priorities for Survivorship and (c) Mechanisms for Support. Four priorities for prostate cancer survivorship were: delivering person and men-centred care; improving communication; improving care coordination; and facilitating access to care. Mechanisms for support were as follows: advocacy; peer support; prostate cancer specialist nurses; and communication training for health professionals. Conclusions: The lack of progress in changing prostate cancer survivorship outcomes for men will become increasingly problematic as this patient population group grows. Co-production provides a way forward to ensure relevance and accessibility for future survivorship initiatives.
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