Journal article

Information and support needs of callers to the Cancer Helpline, The Cancer Council Victoria

M Jefford, C Black, S Grogan, G Yeoman, V White, D Akkerman

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CANCER CARE | BLACKWELL PUBLISHING LTD | Published : 2005

Abstract

The broad aims of the present evaluation were, firstly, to describe the information and support needs of callers to a Cancer Helpline and, secondly, to describe the response of the service to these needs. A further aim was to use these results to develop strategies to improve the service. Anonymous caller information collected over a 6-year period was analysed. The setting of the study was the Cancer Helpline service operated by the Cancer Council Victoria within the state of Victoria, Australia. The caller profile was similar to that described in the literature, with the majority of callers being women, younger than the general cancer population and enquiring most commonly about breast canc..

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