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Authors: Riccetti, Nicola
Hempler, Isabelle
Hermes-Moll, Kerstin
Heidt, Vitali
Walawgo, Thomas
Singer, Susanne
Title: Experience of office-based haematologists and oncologists with outpatient psycho-social support services for cancer patients with and without migration background in Germany
Online publication date: 30-Jan-2023
Year of first publication: 2022
Language: english
Abstract: Purpose We compared the perception of office-based haematologists and oncologists regarding the availability of outpatient psycho-social support services (PSSS) for patients with cancer and a migration background, as well as their different experiences with these services. Methods Data were collected via an online survey addressing the doctors’ socio-demographic characteristics and their perception of-and experience with PSSS. The association between socio-demographic characteristics of the doctors and their experiences with PSSS was tested using Pearson’s chi-squared test and Kruskal–Wallis test. Results A total of 55 doctors were included in this study. More than three doctors in four reported non-sufficient presence of PSSS in foreign languages in their region; one in two reported that the services for patients with migration background should be improved. Most doctors reported missing PSSS in Turkish and Arabic in their region. Doctors with less experience referred patients more often to PSSS hosted in patients’ associations (75% vs 25%; p = 0.02), than doctors with more experience. Doctors working in larger cities referred patients less often to PSSS in cancer counselling centres (12% vs 88%; p = 0.01), than doctors working in small or middle-large cities. Male doctors were more satisfied with the network of PSSS’ providers, than female doctors (mean score = 2.8 vs 2.2; p = 0.05). Conclusions Our results suggest that efforts should be made for a higher regional availability of overall and specific PSSS for non-German speaking patients (especially for Turkish- and Arabic-speaking patients). The experience with PSSS was associated with the doctors’ work experience and gender, as well as the location of the practice.
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
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Publisher: Springer
Publisher place: Berlin
Issue date: 2022
ISSN: 1432-1335
Publisher DOI: 10.1007/s00432-022-04313-6
Appears in collections:DFG-491381577-H

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