A Trial Of A Self-assessment Tool Of Problems Following Treatment Of Colorectal Cancer: A Prospective Study In Australia Primary Care

Document Type

Journal Article


Blackwell Publishing Ltd


Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science


School of Nursing and Midwifery




This article was originally published as : Ngune, I., Jiwa, M., McManus, A., Parsons, R., & Hodder, R. (2016). A trial of a self‐assessment tool of problems following treatment of colorectal cancer: a prospective study in Australia primary care. European journal of cancer care, 25(1), 69-78. Original article available here


Patients treated for colorectal cancer (CRC) experience considerable physical, social and psychological morbidity. In this study, 66 participants with stages I-III CRC were enrolled in this study. Participants completed the self-assessment tool for patients (SATp) over a 5-month period and visited a general practitioner with a copy of their SATp to assist in the management of any problems associated with CRC treatment. General practitioners' notes were reviewed for management actions. Of the 66 participants, 57 visited a general practitioner over the 5-month study period. A total of 547 problems were identified (median 7; IQR: 3-12.25). Participants with physical problems were more likely to consult their general practitioner (OR: 1.84, CI: 1.05-3.21, P = 0.03) compared to those with psychological problems. The number of problems experienced by participants did not have any influence on the decision to visit a general practitioner. Psychological problems (P < 0.01) significantly reduced over the 5-month study period. Regular use of the SATp facilitates the identification of long-term CRC treatment-related problems. Some of these problems could then be addressed in primary care.