Oncological healthcare providers’ perspectives on appropriate melanoma survivorship care: a qualitative focus group study

Nadia C.W. Kamminga, Marlies Wakkee, Rianne J. De Bruin, Astrid A.M. van der Veldt, Arjen Joosse, Suzan W.I. Reeder, Peter W. Plaisier, Tamar Nijsten, Marjolein Lugtenberg*

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Abstract

Background:

The increasing group of melanoma survivors reports multiple unmet needs regarding survivorship care (SSC). To optimise melanoma SSC, it is crucial to take into account the perspectives of oncological healthcare providers (HCPs) in addition to those of patients. The aim of this study is to gain an in-depth understanding of HCPs’ perspectives on appropriate melanoma SSC. 

Methods: 

Four online focus groups were conducted with mixed samples of oncological HCPs (dermatologists, surgeons, oncologists, oncological nurse practitioners, support counsellors and general practitioners) (total n = 23). A topic guide was used to structure the discussions, focusing on perspectives on both SSC and survivorship care plans (SCPs). All focus groups were recorded, transcribed verbatim, and subjected to an elaborate thematic content analysis. 

Results: 

Regarding SSC, HCPs considered the current offer minimal and stressed the need for broader personalised SSC from diagnosis onwards. Although hardly anyone was familiar with SCPs, they perceived various potential benefits of SCPs, such as an increase in the patients’ self-management and providing HCPs with an up-to-date overview of the patient’s situation. Perceived preconditions for successful implementation included adequate personalisation, integration in the electronic health record and ensuring adequate funding to activate and provide timely updates. 

Conclusions: 

According to HCPs there is considerable room for improvement in terms of melanoma SSC. SCPs can assist in offering personalised and broader i.e., including psychosocial SSC. Aside from personalisation, efforts should be focused on SCPs' integration in clinical practice, and their long-term maintenance.

Original languageEnglish
Article number278
Number of pages11
JournalBMC Cancer
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Mar 2023

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