Understanding the experiences of lung cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic: a qualitative interview study
AffiliationChristie Patient Centred Research, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 4BX, UK
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AbstractPurpose: The study explores experiences of lung cancer patients during COVID-19 and considers how changes to care delivery and personal lives affected patient needs. Methods: Semi-structured telephone interviews were conducted to explore experiences of lung cancer patients during COVID-19. Interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim and analysed thematically. Interview participants were purposively selected based on age, gender, treatment status, timing of diagnosis (pre/post first COVID-19 lockdown) from a sample of lung cancer patients (any histological subtype/any cancer stage/any point in treatment) who had completed a questionnaire exploring how participants' lives were impacted by the pandemic and their thoughts on clinical care and remote communication. Results: Thirty lung cancer patients who participated in the questionnaire study were approached and participated in an interview. Three themes were identified: (1) Adapting to new modes of communication (focusing on experiences of remote communication); (2) Experience of care delivery during the pandemic (describing how all aspects of care delivery had been affected); (3) Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on quality of life (QOL) (focus on the psychological impact and feeling of reduced support). Themes 1 and 2 are heavily interlinked and both had bearing on patients' QOL experience. Conclusion: Lung cancer patients were impacted psychologically by changes to care delivery and changes in their personal life. The findings highlight some benefits to remote consultations but the stage of the treatment pathway and illness trajectory should be considered when determining if this is appropriate. Participants felt support from peers, family and friends was limited during the pandemic.
CitationTaylor S, Stanworth M, Eastwood C, Gomes F, Khatoon B, Yorke J. Understanding the experiences of lung cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic: a qualitative interview study. Quality of life research : an international journal of quality of life aspects of treatment, care and rehabilitation. 2022 Nov 7:1-11. PubMed PMID: 36342627. Pubmed Central PMCID: PMC9638463. Epub 2022/11/08. eng.
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