Patients’ and healthcare professionals’ views on a pre- and post-operative rehabilitation programme (SOLACE) for lung cancer: A qualitative study
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Nicole Collaço, Catherine Henshall , Elizabeth Belcher , Jane Canavan , Charlotte Merriman, Jenny Mitchell , Eila Watson. Patients’ and healthcare professionals’ views on a pre- and post-operative rehabilitation programme (SOLACE) for lung cancer: A qualitative study. Journal of Clinical Nursing June 2021.
Aims and objectives To explore patients’ and healthcare professionals’ views and experiences of a pre- and post-operative rehabilitation intervention (SOLACE), for patients undergoing surgery for early-stage lung cancer. Background Considerable post-operative complications can occur after surgery. A specialist lung cancer service (SOLACE) was developed to optimise health and fitness levels prior to and following lung cancer resections, as well as reducing morbidity and mortality, and improving the physical and psychological well-being of patients. Design The design was an exploratory, descriptive qualitative interview study. Methods Seventeen lung cancer patients and eight healthcare professionals were recruited from a large teaching hospital in South England. Data were collected through semi-structured telephone and face-to-face interviews. Transcribed interview data were analysed thematically. The COREQ checklist was used to report on the study process. Results The SOLACE service was positively perceived by patients and healthcare professionals. Patients valued the provision of tailored support/advice and peer support and reported benefits to their health and well-being. Barriers to patient uptake of the classes included time constraints, motivation and access for patients who lived at a distance. Conclusions There is benefit in providing a personalised approach through a pre- and post-operative rehabilitation service for lung cancer patients. Virtual support may address equality of access to service for those who live at a distance from the hospital. Relevance to clinical practice Introduction of a pre- and post-operative rehabilitation service provided by specialist peri-operative rehabilitation nurses and practitioners can yield positive outcomes for patients undergoing surgical treatment of early-stage lung cancer. Engagement of key healthcare professionals, consideration of virtual follow-up services and making patients aware of services could maximise patient uptake. Further consideration is needed of the best way to promote patient self-management and long-term continuation of patient rehabilitation in the community.
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