'You know where we are if you need us.' The role of primary care in supporting patients following pancreaticoduodenectomy for cancer: a qualitative study.
Author(s): Taylor AK. School of Medicine, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences.
Kausar A; Department of General Surgery, Royal Blackburn Hospital.
Chang D; Department of General Surgery, Royal Blackburn Hospital.
Phelan A; School of Medicine, Keele University.
Chew-Graham CA; Academic Clinical Fellow in Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences.
Source: BJGP open, 2022 Jan 19.
Abstract: 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. 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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