Title

Assessing the Practical and Psychosocial Needs of Rural Women with Early Breast Cancer in Australia

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Nursing and Public Health

RAS ID

2025

Comments

This article was originally published as: Davis, C., Williams, P., Redman, S., White, K., & King, E. (2002). Assessing the practical and psychosocial needs of rural women with early breast cancer in Australia. Social Work in Health Care, 36(3), 25-36. Original article available here

Abstract

The purpose of the current study was to assess the practical and psychosocial needs of rural women with early breast cancer in Australia and recommend strategies to ensure equity in availability and access to cancer treatment for all women. A random sample of 204 rural women diagnosed with early breast cancer was recruited to participate in a telephone survey via state and territory cancer registries. Although the majority of women were satisfied with their provision of information overall, less than a third of participants were provided with specific information on assistance for rural women. Findings also revealed that only 47% of the women who had to travel for treatment received financial assistance, and 13% of these women had difficulty organizing or claiming financial assistance. Furthermore, only 10% of women found social workers to be a source of support.

DOI

10.1300/J010v36n03_02

 

Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1300/J010v36n03_02