Changing current practice in urological cancer care: Providing better information, advice and related support on work engagement

S.J. MacLennan, S.E. Murdoch, T. Cox

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There is a growing body of evidence on the importance of work following a diagnosis of cancer and the need to provide better information, advice and related support to patients on work engagement. The aim of this study was to better understand the nature of those needs and to identify better ways to meet these for those with a urological cancer. The focus was on the issues that were common to three key stakeholder groups. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with stakeholders in North East Scotland: 12 individuals with kidney, bladder or prostate cancer, 10 healthcare providers and 10 managers from large organisations. Five key themes emerged from the Framework Analysis: perceived importance of work engagement; decision-making: treatment, work and cancer; roles and responsibilities; education and training; information, advice and support resources. The data confirmed that work engagement is important to those with urological cancer. It also made clear that the current provision of information and advice could be improved. Any such interventions should involve all three key stakeholder groups with greater clarity on their respective roles and responsibilities. Finally, any new system would be best integrated with existing care provision and supported by adequate education and training of those involved.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12756
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer Care
Issue number5
Early online date25 Aug 2017
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2017



  • Urological cancer
  • work engagement
  • information
  • advice
  • support

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