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Perception of information to Swedish melanoma patients in routine clinical practice - a cross-sectional survey
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Dermatology and Venerology. Regional Cancer Centre South East, Linköping, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5213-9555
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Dermatology and Venerology. (Schmitt-Egenolf)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3858-8474
2022 (English)In: BMC Cancer, ISSN 1471-2407, E-ISSN 1471-2407, Vol. 22, no 1, article id 159Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: Comprehensible, relevant information empowers patients, allowing them to take an active part in their care. We aim to investigate how Swedish melanoma patients perceive information provided in routine clinical practice and explore the correlation between satisfaction with information, symptoms and functioning scales, and quality of life.

METHODS: A cross-sectional study where EORTC QLQ-C30, EORTC QLQ-INFO25 and EQ-5D-3L questionnaires were sent to 1213 patients by post and 792 responded (65%).

RESULTS: Only 0.5% reported that they wished to have received less information. The amount of information received and the satisfaction with that information was age-dependent, where older patients reported receiving less information than younger patients. Middle-aged patients were more satisfied with the information compared to both younger and older patients. The perception of having received sufficient information correlated negatively with anxiety. Higher satisfaction with the information also correlated positively with scores for functioning scales and negatively with degree of symptoms. No difference was perceived in information levels between disease stage apart from the scale "information about other services", where patients with more severe disease reported receiving more information. Men and women reported equal satisfaction concerning the information received.

CONCLUSIONS: Patients lack sufficient information and age affects the perception of it. It is of utmost importance to tailor the information to suit the individual needs of a given patient, as satisfaction with the information received correlates with the patient's well-being.

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BioMed Central, 2022. Vol. 22, no 1, article id 159
Keywords [en]
Cancer, Information, Melanoma, Oncology, Patient reported outcome measures, Quality of life
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Cancer and Oncology
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Oncology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-192383DOI: 10.1186/s12885-022-09208-wISI: 000753386400002PubMedID: 35139808Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85124326993OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-192383DiVA, id: diva2:1642438
Available from: 2022-03-07 Created: 2022-03-07 Last updated: 2022-03-07Bibliographically approved

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