Perceived factors to providing palliative care for patients with cancer - a qualitative systematic review

  • Haydeh Heidari Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences, Shahrekord, Iran, Islamic Republic of.
  • Marjan Mardani-Hamooleh | mardanihamoole.m@iums.ac.ir Nursing Care Research Center, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran, Islamic Republic of.
  • Masoud Amiri Erasmus Medical Center, Department of Epidemiology, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Abstract

Palliative care (PC) is one of the necessary cares given throughout a patient’s experience with cancer. The aim of this study was to identify the perceived factors to providing PC for patients with cancer. Our study was a systematic review of qualitative literature. To this end, electronic databases, including CINAHL, PubMed, PsycINFO, Ovid, and Web of Science as well as Persian databases were searched and qualitative studies on the role of PC in patients with cancer published between Jan 2008 and Dec 2017 were selected. Generally, 12 studies were reviewed. A thematic synthesis approach was used to analyze the data. Exploring the selected articles, the findings on the perceived factors to providing PC for patients with cancer were categorized into three themes, including organizational factors, ethical factors, and psychological factors. This qualitative systematic review expands our knowledge about factors influencing the provision of PC for patients with cancer. It is necessary for health system managers and caregivers to pay attention to all aforesaid factors in order to improve PC for cancer patients.

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Published
2020-05-19
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Cancer, palliative care, qualitative research.
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Heidari, H., Mardani-Hamooleh, M., & Amiri, M. (2020). Perceived factors to providing palliative care for patients with cancer - a qualitative systematic review. Oncology Reviews, 14(1). https://doi.org/10.4081/oncol.2020.463