Prevalence of unmet supportive care needs reported by individuals ever diagnosed with cancer in Australia: a systematic review to support service prioritisation

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Abstract

Purpose: Improved health outcomes for individuals ever diagnosed with cancer require comprehensive, coordinated care that addresses their supportive care needs. Implementing interventions to address these is confounded by a lack of evidence on population needs and a large pool of potential interventions. This systematic review estimates the point prevalence of different supportive care needs stratified by the tool used to measure needs and cancer type in Australia. Methods: We searched MEDLINE, Embase, and Scopus from 2010 to April 2023 to identify relevant studies published on the prevalence of supportive care needs in Australia. Results: We identified 35 studies that met the inclusion criteria. The highest prevalent unmet need across all cancers was ‘fear of cancer spreading’ (20.7%) from the Supportive Care Needs Survey Short-Form 34 (SCNS-SF34), ranging from 9.4% for individuals ever diagnosed with haematological cancer to 36.3% for individuals ever diagnosed with gynaecological cancer, and ‘concerns about cancer coming back’ (17.9%) from the Cancer Survivors’ Unmet Needs (CaSUN), ranging from 9.7% for individuals ever diagnosed with prostate cancer to 37.8% for individuals ever diagnosed with breast cancer. Two studies assessed needs in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations, reporting the highest needs for financial worries (21.1%). Conclusions: Point prevalence estimates presented here, combined with estimates of the costs and effects of potential interventions, can be used within economic evaluations to inform evidence-based local service provision to address the supportive care needs of individuals ever diagnosed with cancer. Implications for Cancer Survivors: Local health services can use local evidence to prioritise the implementation of interventions targeted at unmet needs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number676
Number of pages14
JournalSupportive Care in Cancer
Volume31
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023

Keywords

  • Australia
  • Health service needs and demand
  • Oncology
  • Supportive care needs
  • Unmet needs

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