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Authors: Singer, Susanne
Riccetti, Nicola
Hempler, Isabelle
Fried, Marius
Riera Knorrenschild, Jorge
Kalie, Louma
Merbach, Martin
Reiser, Marcel
Mosthaf, Franz
Heidt, Vitali
Hermes-Moll, Kerstin
Title: Awareness and use of psychosocial care among cancer patients and their relatives : a comparison of people with and without a migration background in Germany
Online publication date: 30-Jan-2023
Year of first publication: 2022
Language: english
Abstract: Purpose We examined how migration background is associated with awareness and usage of psycho-oncology services. Methods Oncologists in community-based practices and outpatient clinics asked their patients and their relatives to complete a questionnaire. Migrants were purposely over-sampled. The questionnaire was provided in Arabic, English, Farsi, French, German, Hindi, Kurdish, Pashto, Russian, Somali, Turkish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. Results From 9 collaborators, 177 participants were enrolled (130 with and 47 without migration background). The existence of outpatient cancer counselling centres was known to 38% of the participants without and 32% with migration background, self-help groups to 32 vs. 12%, and psychotherapy to 43 vs. 25%. Respondents from the Near and Middle East were less likely to know about psychotherapy (odds ratio (OR) 0.1, p = 0.01); those from the Commonwealth of the Independent States or former Yugoslavia were less often informed about self-help groups (OR 0.1, p = 0.06). Migrants retrieved information less frequently from the internet than non-migrants (10 vs. 25%). At least one service had been used by 27% of migrants and 42% of non-migrants (OR 0.5, p = 0.06). After adjusting for gender, age, education, and patient-relative status, there was no evidence for an association between migration background and service use. Conclusions Migrants should be better informed about psychotherapy and self-help groups, in particular the ones coming from the Near or Middle East and the Commonwealth of the Independent States or former Yugoslavia. The under-use of psychosocial services can largely be explained by confounding factors. Therefore, these factors must always be taken into account when analysing the use of psychosocial services in the aforementioned populations.
DDC: 610 Medizin
610 Medical sciences
Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Department: FB 04 Medizin
Place: Mainz
Version: Published version
Publication type: Zeitschriftenaufsatz
License: CC BY
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Journal: Journal of cancer research and clinical oncology
Version of Record (VoR)
Publisher: Springer
Publisher place: Berlin u.a.
Issue date: 2022
ISSN: 1432-1335
Publisher DOI: 10.1007/s00432-022-04091-1
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