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J Cancer Educ. 2016 Sep;31(3):481-7. doi: 10.1007/s13187-015-0861-9.

African American Patients' Psychosocial Support Needs and Barriers to Treatment: Patient Needs Assessment.

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1
Department of Couple and Family Therapy, Drexel University, 3-Parkway Building 1601 Cherry Street, Mail Stop 71042, Philadelphia, PA, 19102, USA. mpd29@drexel.edu.
2
Department of Couple and Family Therapy, Drexel University, 3-Parkway Building 1601 Cherry Street, Mail Stop 71042, Philadelphia, PA, 19102, USA.
3
Department of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
4
Department of Medical Oncology, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
5
Public Health, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Abstract

This study assessed adult patient's psychosocial support needs and treatment barriers in an urban diverse cancer center. A needs assessment was conducted with a convenience sample of adult oncology patients (n = 113; 71.7 % African American). Most patients were parenting school-age children and worried about them (96 %); 86.7 % would attend a family support program. Among patients who were married or partnered (68 %), 63.7 % were concerned about communication, coping, and emotional support; 53.9 % would attend a couple support program. Patients identified similar treatment barriers: transportation, babysitting for younger children, convenience of time/place, and refreshments. Findings suggest that behavioral health care providers should be available to screen cancer patients and improve access to appropriate psychosocial oncology support programs.

KEYWORDS:

Couple and family based support programs; Needs assessment; Psychosocial oncology support

PMID:
26048632
PMCID:
PMC4671828
DOI:
10.1007/s13187-015-0861-9
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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