Unmet information needs and impact of cancer in (long-term) thyroid cancer survivors: results of the PROFILES registry

O. Husson*, F. Mols, W.A. Oranje, H.R. Haak, W.A. Nieuwlaat, R.T. Netea-Maier, J.W.A. Smit, L.V. van de Poll-Fransse

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The objective of this study was to provide insight into the following: (a) the perceived level of, satisfaction with, and helpfulness of received information and unmet information needs among thyroid cancer (TC) survivors and (b) the relation between unmet information needs and impact of cancer (IOC).All patients diagnosed with TC between 1990 and 2008, as registered in the Eindhoven Cancer Registry, received a survey on information provision (European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire Information module) and IOC.Thyroid cancer survivors (n?=?306; response rate?=?86%) indicated to receive no or only a little information about different aspects of their disease (27-86%), medical tests (20-27%), treatment (21-90%), and aftercare (86-91%). Almost half of the survivors (47%) were not at all or a little satisfied with the amount of information received; 31% found the received information not or a little helpful; a third of the patients (34%) indicated that they wanted to receive more information (defined as unmet needs). TC survivors with unmet informational needs scored significantly higher on both the positive (mean 3.2 vs. 2.9) and negative IOC scale (mean 2.5 vs. 2.2) compared with survivors without unmet needs (p?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)946-952
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

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