Health professional's perspectives of the barriers and enablers to cancer care for Indigenous Australians

Meiklejohn, J. A., Adams, J., Valery, P. C., Walpole, E. T., Martin, J. H., Williams, H. M. and Garvey, G. (2016) Health professional's perspectives of the barriers and enablers to cancer care for Indigenous Australians. European Journal of Cancer Care, 25 2: 254-261. doi:10.1111/ecc.12467


Author Meiklejohn, J. A.
Adams, J.
Valery, P. C.
Walpole, E. T.
Martin, J. H.
Williams, H. M.
Garvey, G.
Title Health professional's perspectives of the barriers and enablers to cancer care for Indigenous Australians
Journal name European Journal of Cancer Care   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1365-2354
0961-5423
Publication date 2016-03-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/ecc.12467
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 25
Issue 2
Start page 254
End page 261
Total pages 8
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract To investigate health professionals' perspectives about factors that impede or facilitate cancer care for Indigenous people. Semi-structured interviews with 22 health professionals involved in Indigenous cancer care. Data were interpreted using an inductive thematic analysis approach. Participants presented their perspectives on a number of barriers and enablers to Indigenous cancer care. Barriers were related to challenges with communication, the health system and coordination of care, issues around individual and community priorities and views of cancer treatment and health professional judgement. Enablers to cancer care were related to the importance of trust and rapport as well as health care system and support factors. The findings highlighted the need for recording of Indigenous status in medical records and a coordinated approach to the provision of evidence-based and culturally appropriate cancer care. This could go some way to improving Indigenous patient's engagement with tertiary cancer care services.
Keyword Cancer
Health professionals
Indigenous
Qualitative
Tertiary
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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