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

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


Title: Health practices in Europe towards families of older patients with cancer : a scoping review
Author: Konradsen, Hanne
Brødsgaard, Anne
Østergaard, Birte
Svavarsdóttir, Erla Kolbrún
Dieperink, Karin B.
Imhof, Lorenz
Luttik, Marie Louise
Mahrer-Imhof, Romy
García-Vivar, Cristina
Date: 2020-04-14
Language: English
Scope: 15
Department: Faculty of Nursing
Series: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences; 35(2)
ISSN: 0283-9318
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/scs.12855
Subject: Meðferð; Krabbamein; Öldrun; ageing; cancer; Europe; professional practices; review; Humans; Quality of Life; Family; Aged; Terminal Care; Neoplasms; Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/2756

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Konradsen , H , Brødsgaard , A , Østergaard , B , Svavarsdóttir , E K , Dieperink , K B , Imhof , L , Luttik , M L , Mahrer-Imhof , R & García-Vivar , C 2020 , ' Health practices in Europe towards families of older patients with cancer : a scoping review ' , Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences , vol. 35 , no. 2 , pp. 375-389 . https://doi.org/10.1111/scs.12855

Abstract:

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.

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No funding was received for this study. We thank information specialists Sabina Gillsund and Magdalena Svanberg, Karolinska Institutet University Library, for their supervision during the development of the search strategy. fjölPublisher Copyright: © 2020 The Authors. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Nordic College of Caring Science

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