Health practices in Europe towards families of older patients with cancer: a scoping review

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskrift/Konferencebidrag i tidsskrift /Bidrag til avisReviewForskningpeer review

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  • Hanne Konradsen
  • Anne Brødsgaard
  • Birte Østergaard, Department of Clinical Research, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark, Danmark
  • Erla Svavarsdóttir, Univ Iceland, Landspitali National University Hospital, University of Iceland, Natl Univ Hosp Iceland, Island
  • Karin B Dieperink, Department of Clinical Research, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark, Department of Oncology and Academy of Geriatric Cancer Research (AgeCare), Odense University Hospital, Danmark
  • Lorenz Imhof, Nursing Sci & Care Ltd, Community Based Care, Schweiz
  • Marie Louise Luttik, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Holland
  • Romy Mahrer-Imhof, Nursing Sci & Care Ltd, Community Based Care, Schweiz
  • Cristina García-Vivar, University of Navarra-Clinical University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain., Spanien

INTRODUCTION: In Europe, cancer is one of the predominant causes of mortality and morbidity among older people aged over 65. A diagnosis of cancer can imply a negative impact on the quality of life of the older patients and their families. Despite research examining the impact of cancer on the family, it is unclear what kind of information is available about the types of clinical practice towards older patients with cancer and their families. The aim is to determine the extent, range and variety of research in Europe describing health practices towards families of older patients with cancer and to identify any existing gaps in knowledge.

METHODS: Scoping review.

RESULTS: A total of 12 articles were included, showing that family interventions are generally based on end-of-life care. Most studies used a qualitative approach and involved different types of family member as participants. Most studies were conducted in the UK.

CONCLUSIONS: Review findings revealed limited knowledge about health practices in Europe towards families with an older patient with cancer. This review indicates a need to increase family-focused research that examines health practices that meet the needs of families of older patients with cancer. Seeing cancer as a chronic disease, there is an urgent need for the implementation of family-focused interventions.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummer12855
TidsskriftScandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
Antal sider15
ISSN0283-9318
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StatusE-pub ahead of print - 14 apr. 2020

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