Journal article

Supporting and preparing patients for radiotherapy: Patients' and radiation therapists' perspectives on their one-to-one consultations

Georgia KB Halkett, Susan Merchant, Sian K Smith, Moira O'Connor, Michael Jefford, Sanchia Aranda, Penelope Schofield

European Journal of Cancer Care | WILEY | Published : 2020

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Patients are often anxious and lack knowledge of radiotherapy prior to commencing treatment. Evidence-based interventions are required to reduce patient anxiety and increase patient preparation before treatment. This study is part of a larger project examining the effectiveness of an innovative preparatory intervention "RT Prepare," to reduce patient psychological distress prior to treatment for breast cancer. This study aimed to explore patients' and RTs' perceptions about the "RT Prepare" intervention and was conducted to assist with refinement of the intervention for future implementation. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with patients and radiation therapists..

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