Cancer recovery and survivorship in rural settings across the East Midlands of England.

Graham, Florence, Kane, Ros, Gussy, Mark and Nelson, David (2022) Cancer recovery and survivorship in rural settings across the East Midlands of England. In: Rethinking Remote 2022, 28th-29th April, Aviemore, Scotland.

Cancer recovery and survivorship in rural settings across the East Midlands of England.

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Background: When compared to their urban counterparts, rural cancer survivors have been shown to have poorer experiences and outcomes from healthcare, ranging from the burden of increased travel times to a lack of accessible and bespoke support. There is limited qualitative research in the UK on the post-treatment experiences of cancer survivors who reside in rural areas.

Aims: To gain an understanding of the specific challenges and opportunities faced by rural cancer survivors and to provide insight into how rurality influences the experiences of post-treatment cancer survivors in the UK.

Methods: Secondary analysis of in-depth interview transcripts (n=16) from a qualitative study on self-management in post-treatment cancer survivors. An adapted version of Foster & Fenlon’s recovery of health and wellbeing in cancer survivorship framework was used to support thematic analysis of the data.

Outcomes: Participants’ subjective health and wellbeing were interrupted by a variety of problem incidents, and the subsequent steps to recovery were influenced by pre-existing, personal, environmental, and specific healthcare factors. A prominent theme from the data was support, both from the local community and family as well as from healthcare professionals, with many feeling that their rural setting had a positive influence on their health and wellbeing. Close relationships with local GPs were seen as fundamental to supporting recovery from cancer. Access to healthcare was frequently mentioned as a challenge with an emphasis on lengthy travel times and a lack of tailored follow up support in rural areas. Future interventions should consider working with local communities and their existing resources given these are an important component of the rural environment.

Keywords:cancer survivorship, living with and beyond cancer, cancer recovery, qualitative research, rural health
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B990 Subjects Allied to Medicine not elsewhere classified
A Medicine and Dentistry > A900 Others in Medicine and Dentistry
A Medicine and Dentistry > A990 Medicine and Dentistry not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Science > Lincoln Medical School
College of Social Science > Lincoln International Institute for Rural Health
College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:49260
Deposited On:17 May 2022 14:55

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