Health professionals' perspectives on information delivery for patients newly diagnosed with brain tumours

Langbecker, Danette H., Janda, Monika, Yates, Patsy, Biggs, Vivien, & Walker, David (2007) Health professionals' perspectives on information delivery for patients newly diagnosed with brain tumours. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 3(S2), A49.

View at publisher



Although recent studies have identified high levels of unmet informational needs among patients with brain tumours[1], it is unclear how health professionals perceive that these needs can be met.


To better understand information provision in the neuro-oncology setting, a structured group concept mapping technique combining qualitative and quantitative data collection methods is being used. This involves individual and group activities in six phases to explore staff perceptions of the provision of information between patients, carers and health professionals. Participants are health care professionals involved with persons diagnosed with a brain tumour.


Individual and group brainstorming activities have generated a list of existing and potential elements of care proposed to assist patients newly diagnosed with a brain tumour. Participants have provided information via web-based activities with which to interpret the perceived relationships of these elements to each other, and the perceived importance and feasibility of each element. These relationships and ratings have been analysed using similarity matrices, multidimensional scaling and cluster analysis, resulting in two- and three-dimensional maps, which will be presented.


This research will identify the relationships between information delivery and other supportive care services, perceived barriers to and gaps in information services, and priorities for improving information delivery from health professionals' point of view. The analysis of these results will allow identification of pathways to improve brain tumour care and guide the development of intervention programs for patients with brain tumours.

Impact and interest:

Search Google Scholar™

Citation counts are sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

Full-text downloads:

4 since deposited on 10 Feb 2009
1 in the past twelve months

Full-text downloads displays the total number of times this work’s files (e.g., a PDF) have been downloaded from QUT ePrints as well as the number of downloads in the previous 365 days. The count includes downloads for all files if a work has more than one.

ID Code: 17378
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Special Issue: Clinical Oncological Society of Australia 34th Annual Scientific Meeting, 14-16 November, Adelaide, Australia. Abstract only.
Keywords: Brain tumours, Patient education, Health professionals
DOI: 10.1111/j.1743-7563.2007.00127.x
ISSN: 1743-7555
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > ONCOLOGY AND CARCINOGENESIS (111200) > Cancer Therapy (excl. Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy) (111204)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Blackwell Publishing
Deposited On: 10 Feb 2009 00:10
Last Modified: 07 May 2016 20:10

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page