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Patients’ and healthcare professionals’ views on a pre- and post-operative rehabilitation programme (SOLACE) for lung cancer: A qualitative study


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 wellbeing 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 was collected through semi-structured telephone and face to face interviews. Transcribed interview data was 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 wellbeing. 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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Collaço, Nicole
Henshall, Catherine
Belcher, Elizabeth
Canavan, Jane
Merriman, Charlotte
Mitchell, Jenny
Watson, Eila

Oxford Brookes departments

Department of Midwifery, Community and Public Health


Year of publication: 2021
Date of RADAR deposit: 2021-06-16

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