Taylor, AK, Kausar, A, Chang, D, Phelan, A and Chew-Graham, CA (2022) 'You know where we are if you need us.' The role of primary care in supporting patients following pancreaticoduodenectomy for cancer: a qualitative study. BJGP Open. ISSN 2398-3795

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BACKGROUND: Ten percent of patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer undergo pancreaticoduodenectomy. It is known that these patients have unmet psychological support needs, and GPs are key in enabling effective coordination of care for people living with life-shortening conditions. AIM: To explore patients' perspectives on the role of primary care in their management, and their sources of support. DESIGN AND SETTING: Inductive qualitative study of patients who had undergone pancreaticoduodenectomy between six months and six years previously for pancreatic or distal biliary duct cancers. Participants were recruited by Clinical Nurse Specialists from a single National Health Service Trust in Northwest England. METHOD: Semi-structured interviews, either face-to-face or via video link, were conducted with 20 participants. Interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed and anonymised. Thematic analysis utilized principles of constant comparison. RESULTS: Participants described immense treatment burden and uncertainty around the role of the GP in their ongoing care. They recognised that GPs may have little experience of patients who have undergone pancreaticoduodenectomy, but felt that GPs can play a vital role in offering support. Participants wished for emotional support post-operatively, and valued support networks including family and friends. However, they found expressing their deepest fears difficult. Participants felt they would value greater recognition by primary care of both physical and psychological sequelae of major pancreatic surgery, and the impact on their families. CONCLUSION: Patients may feel a 'burden' to both healthcare professionals and their own support networks following pancreaticoduodenectomy. Primary care is in a key position to proactively offer psychological support.

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Additional Information: © 2022 The Author(s). This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Published by BJGP Open. For editorial process and policies, see: https://bjgpopen.org/authors/bjgp-open-editorial-process-and-policies
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
R Medicine > RD Surgery > RD32 Operative surgery. Technique of surgical operations
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2022 09:11
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2022 09:11
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/10550

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