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Understanding Inequalities in the Uptake of Supportive Care to Improve Practices in the Cancer Care Continuum

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Background: While inequalities in the prevalence of cancer, access to care, and survival have been well documented, less research has focused on inequalities in the uptake of supportive oncology care. Given its contribution to improving the quality of life of people affected by cancer, access to such care is a major public health issue. The present study focuses on the access and uptake of those supportive oncology care services. Methods: This study is based on qualitative research methodology, using a thematic analysis tree on NVivo© analysis software. First, an exploratory survey was conducted with users of oncology services, and professionals from these services and supportive oncology care. Then, individual interviews were conducted in June 2022 among people who are currently being treated or have been treated for cancer. Results: The experiences of the 33 respondents revealed that significant variations in the uptake of supportive oncology care are underpinned by identifiable disparities in their healthcare pathways: in their assimilation of information, difficulties in accessing oncology care, personal reluctance and motivations, perceived needs and benefits, and use of other medicines. Conclusion: This study aims to gain some insight into disparities in the uptake of supportive care in the Centre-Val de Loire region (France). Thus, it provides a better understanding of the complex ways in which these inequalities in supportive oncology care uptake are constructed.
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hal-04503171 , version 1 (05-04-2024)

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Jade Gourret Baumgart, Hélène Kane, Sylvie Pelletier, Karine André, Catherine Barbe, et al.. Understanding Inequalities in the Uptake of Supportive Care to Improve Practices in the Cancer Care Continuum. Cancers, 2022, 14 (24), pp.6053. ⟨10.3390/cancers14246053⟩. ⟨hal-04503171⟩
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