Satisfaction with and perceived benefits of needs-assessment related to rehabilitation after chemotherapy among patients with breast cancer

Abstract

PURPOSE: To investigate satisfaction with and perceived benefits of a model of needs-assessment related to rehabilitation (NARR) in women with early breast cancer after (neo)adjuvant chemotherapy.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: Mixed methods were applied using survey (N = 200) along with interviews (N = 20). The survey included measurement of distress and self-assessed need of and satisfaction with the NARR. Type of experienced side/late effects were registered along with numbers of and reasons for referrals to rehabilitation. Individual semi-structured interviews were conducted. Quantitative data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, and qualitative data were analyzed with thematic analysis.

RESULTS: Overall, 217 patients participated in a NARR and 200 (92%) accepted participation in the survey. Furthermore, 20/37 (54%) invited patients were interviewed. After the NARR, 39 patients (20%) were referred to rehabilitation. While satisfaction was high, findings regarding distress and need of the NARR were equivocal and indicated a need for talking about experiences throughout the cancer trajectory.

CONCLUSIONS: While only 20% had rehabilitation needs, satisfaction with the NARR was high and patients benefitted from being confirmed in normality of their experiences. It is recommended to address patients' side/late effects after chemotherapy for early breast cancer to identify rehabilitation needs, reduce distress, and improve quality of life.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftDisability and Rehabilitation
Sider (fra-til)1-10
Antal sider10
ISSN1464-5165
DOI
StatusE-pub ahead of print - 22 jun. 2023

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