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Journal:   MEDICAL JOURNAL OF THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN (MJIRI)   2017 , Volume 31 , Number 1; Page(s) 0 To 0.
 
Paper: 

Unmet needs in Iranian cancer patients

 
DOI: 

10.14196/mjiri.31.35

 
Author(s):  RAMEZANZADE TABRIZ ELAHEH, PARSA YEKTA ZOHRE, SHIRDELZADEH SARA, SAADATI MASOOMEH, OROOJI AREZOO, SHAHSAVARI HOOMAN*, KHORSHIDI MEHDI
 
* Medical Surgical Department, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
 
Abstract: 
Background: The identification and management of unmet needs is an essential component of health care for the growing cancer patient population. Information about the prevalence of unmet need can help medical service planning/redesigning. Therefore, this study aimed to identify unmet needs in Iranian patients suffering from cancer. Methods: This cross-sectional correlational study was conducted on 650 cancer patients admitted to the major medical centers in Mashhad and Neyshabur by census sampling. The data was gathered by the Survivor Unmet Needs Survey (SUNS). Data were analyzed using ANOVA, t-test and Pearson correlation. Results: Most of participants were female (56%, n=263) and Mashhad resident (67. 1%, n=436). The most common cancers were colorectal (17. 8 %, n=116), stomach (13. 6%, n=88) and lung (9. 4%, n=62), respectively. The highest unmet needs score belonged to work and financial needs (2. 46 ± 0. 91), and the least was the emotional domain (1. 92± 0. 90). Among demographic factors, a significant relationship was found between resident places (p<0. 001), and cancer type (p<0. 0001). Conclusion: This is the first study addressing the unmet needs of cancer patients in Iran. It reveals that cancer patients had a relative high number of unmet needs; this shows the necessity of including these factors in the routine assessment of all cancer patients and planning treatment interventions based on their individual’ s need.
 
Keyword(s): Cancer,Patient,Iran
 
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