Supportive care needs of prostate cancer patients living in urban and rural/regional areas in Australia

Sykes, Julie, Monterosso, Leanne, Aranda, Sanchia, Liu, Wei-Hong, Langbecker, Danette H., Carnew, Lynda, & Yates, Patsy (2015) Supportive care needs of prostate cancer patients living in urban and rural/regional areas in Australia. In 2nd Prostate Cancer World Congress, 17-21 August 2015, Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns, Qld.

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  • Understanding the unique needs of urban and rural/remote cancer patients will help to establish priorities in health service delivery. This paper compares the supportive care needs of prostate cancer patients living in urban and rural/ regional areas in Australia.


  • A total of 567 men (185 rural/ regional and 372 urban) who received care from PCFA’s Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses in 12 settings self-reported the extent of their unmet needs in relation to physical and daily living, psychological, sexuality, patient care and support, health system and information, and prostate cancer specific needs using the SCNS-SF34.


  • The proportion of patients who reported unmet needs was low in general. Compared to urban patients, rural/regional patients reported lower levels of unmet needs in nearly every domain except for sexuality needs. The most frequently reported moderate or high unmet needs among all patients were: urinary incontinence, feeling like lost part of manhood, changes in sexual feelings, changes in sexual relationships, concerns about the worries of those close to you, fears about the cancer spreading, uncertainty about future, not being able to do the things you used to do.


  • Findings highlight the common unmet needs among prostate cancer patients nationally. The higher levels of unmet needs for men in urban areas compared to rural/regional areas warrant further investigation; however, this may reflect differences in available supports in these centres. The higher level of unmet sexuality-related needs amongst rural/ regional compared to urban patients suggests more attention should be given to provision of specialist sexual health services for these regions.

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ID Code: 96554
Item Type: Conference Item (Other)
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: prostate cancer, nursing, rural
DOI: 10.1111/bju.13197
ISSN: 1464-410X
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Deposited On: 07 Jul 2016 01:22
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2016 01:22

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