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The aim of this study was to describe what is known about levels of morbidity and the experience and needs of people with cancer, and their informal caregivers, living in rural areas. A search of online databases for English language papers describing or assessing the prevalence of psychosocial morbidity or needs in a population of rural or regional cancer(More)
This descriptive, retrospective study sought to identify the nature and magnitude of chemotherapy outpatients’ unplanned presentations and admissions to the emergency department and/or cancer centre at a large metropolitan tertiary hospital, and to explore the antecedents to those presentations. Retrospective data were collected for outpatients who made an(More)
The purpose of the current study was to assess the practical and psychosocial needs of rural women with early breast cancer in Australia and recommend strategies to ensure equity in availability and access to cancer treatment for all women. A random sample of 204 rural women diagnosed with early breast cancer was recruited to participate in a telephone(More)
OBJECTIVES Although Chinese-Australian women are at higher risk of developing breast cancer after migration to Australia, information on their experience is limited. This paper explores Chinese-Australian women's perceptions of the meaning and experience of a breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and coping mechanism. METHODS Three focus groups were(More)
Evaluation of new models of care requires consideration of the complexity inherent within health care programs and their sensitivity to local contextual factors as well as broader community, social and political influences. Evaluation frameworks that are flexible and responsive while maintaining research rigor are therefore required. Realistic evaluation(More)
BACKGROUND Shoulder movement impairment is a commonly reported consequence of surgery for breast cancer. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to determine whether shoulder girdle kinematics, including those of the scapula, spine, and upper limb, in women who have undergone a unilateral mastectomy for breast cancer are different from those demonstrated by(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the effectiveness of a centralized, nurse-delivered telephone-based service to improve care coordination and patient-reported outcomes after surgery for colorectal cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with a newly diagnosed colorectal cancer were randomly assigned to the CONNECT intervention or usual care. Intervention-group(More)
BACKGROUND Women who undergo radiotherapy for gynaecological cancer (GC) can experience distressing side effects which impact on psychosocial functioning and intimate relationships. Cancer-related distress may be ameliorated by comprehensive preparation for treatment and addressing women's informational, physical, psychological and psychosexual needs. This(More)
Evaluation has become progressively popular within public health and healthcare programme research, with an emphasis on outcomes and a desire to improve practice and service delivery. Mixed methods approaches are consequently being employed to capture the multidimensional characteristics of programmes that aim to address problematic situations affecting(More)
BACKGROUND Retrospective investigation of sudden unexplained death in the young (SUDY) reveals that a high proportion is due to inherited heart disease. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to ascertain the diagnostic value of postmortem long QT (LQT) genetic analysis in a prospective study of SUDY victims 1-40 years old. METHODS Denaturing(More)