Utilising out-of-hours primary care for assistance with cancer pain: A semi-structure interview study of patient and caregiver experiences

Rosalind Adam, Maria Clausen, Susan Hall, Peter Murchie

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Background Pain is the most frequent complication of cancer and an important reason for out-of-hours (OOH) primary care contacts by patients with established cancer. Existing quantitative data give little insight into the reason for these contacts. Exploring such encounters of care could highlight ways to improve anticipatory cancer care and communication between daytime and OOH primary care services.

Aim To explore the experiences, views, and opinions of patients and their caregivers who have used OOH primary care for help with managing cancer pain.

Design and setting A semi-structured interview study with patients and caregivers who have utilised an OOH primary care service in Grampian, Scotland, because of pain related to cancer.

Method Semi-structured interviews with 11 patients and four caregivers (n = 15), transcribed verbatim and analysed using framework analysis and, to a lesser extent, inductive thematic analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e754-e760
Number of pages7
JournalThe British Journal of General Practice
Issue number640
Early online date26 Oct 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2015



  • General Practice
  • Neoplasm
  • Pain

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