Title

Rural health professionals' perspectives on providing grief and loss support in cancer care

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

John Wiley & Sons Ltd

Faculty

Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science

School

School of Psychology and Social Science/Social Justice Research Centre

RAS ID

17463

Comments

This is the accepted version of the following article: Breen, L. J., & O'Connor, M. (2013). Rural health professionals' perspectives on providing grief and loss support in cancer care. European Journal of Cancer Care, 22(6), 765-772. which has been published in final form at here

Abstract

Research demonstrates considerable inequalities in service delivery and health outcomes for people with cancer living outside large metropolitan cities. Semi-structured interviews with 11 professionals providing grief and loss support for people with cancer and their families in rural, regional, and remote areas Western Australia revealed the challenges they faced in delivering such support. The data are presented in four themes - Inequity of regional versus metropolitan services, Strain of the 'Jack of all trades' role, Constraints to accessing professional development, and Challenges in delivering post-bereavement services. These challenges are likely to be of growing concern given that populations are declining in rural areas as Australia becomes increasingly urban. The findings have implications in enhancing the loss and grief support services available in rural, regional, and remote Western Australia, including those grieving the death of a loved one through cancer.

DOI

10.1111/ecc.12091

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