Journal article

The art and science of recruitment to a cancer rapid autopsy programme: A qualitative study exploring patient and clinician experiences

Erin Tutty, Philomena Horsley, Rowan Forbes Shepherd, Laura E Forrest



BACKGROUND: CASCADE is a successful, Australia-first cancer rapid autopsy programme. Patients are recruited to the programme by their clinician once they understand that further treatment has only palliative intent. Despite its value, rapid autopsy is a rare research method owing partly to recruitment challenges. AIM: This research aimed to explore (1) how, in practice, clinicians select and recruit patients to the programme and (2) patient experiences of this process. DESIGN: This was a qualitative study grounded in phenomenology. CASCADE team members (clinicians and researchers) and patients participated in semi-structured interviews. Data were analysed using an inductive, team-based appro..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: This research was supported by a Peter Mac Foundation Grant and generous funding from the Donald Ratcliff and Phyllis MacLeod Trust.