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Title: A rapid review of needs assessment tools for post-treatment cancer survivors
Austin Authors: Jiao, Mimi;Hall, AE;Nolte, Linda ;Piper, A;Lisy, K;Jefford, Michael
Affiliation: The Advance Care Planning Department, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre, A Richard Pratt legacy, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Pharmacy Department, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour, Faculty of Health, The University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW, Australia
Hunter Medical Research Institute, New Lambton Heights, NSW, Australia
Department of Cancer Experiences Research, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Sir Peter MacCallum Department of Oncology, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: Mar-2018 2017-09-18
Publication information: European Journal of Cancer Care 2018; 27(2): e12764
Abstract: Relevant, comprehensive and psychometrically rigorous needs assessment tools are needed to ensure appropriate care is delivered to cancer survivors who have completed treatment. The aim of this rapid review was to identify and describe needs assessment tools that are used in cancer survivors post-treatment, assess their psychometric properties and describe their use in clinical care. The electronic databases Medline, Cochrane Library, CINAHL and PsycINFO were searched. Six studies were identified that described five needs assessment tools used in cancer survivors post-treatment. None of these tools covered all domains of unmet need nor demonstrated adequate evidence of all recommended criteria of validity and reliability. Few had been evaluated for use in a clinical environment. Out of the five tools, the Survivor Unmet Needs Survey (SUNS) showed the strongest psychometric properties. There is little empirical evidence available to guide recommendations on the most appropriate process of conducting needs assessment with cancer survivors once they have completed treatment.
DOI: 10.1111/ecc.12764
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Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Cancer survivors
Long-term cancer survivors
Needs assessment tool
Unmet needs
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