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Title: Cervical cancer survivors' perceived cognitive complaints and supportive care needs in mainland China : a qualitative study
Authors: Zeng, Y 
Cheng, ASK 
Liu, X
Chan, CCH 
Issue Date: Jun-2017
Source: BMJ open, June 2017, v. 7, no. 6, e014078
Abstract: Objectives: This study explores Chinese cervical cancer survivors' perceived cognitive complaints and relevant supportive care needs after primary cancer treatment.
Design: This study utilised a qualitative research design. A semi-structured interview was used to probe cervical cancer patients' perceived cognitive complaints and supportive care needs.
Setting: This study was conducted at a secondary cancer care centre located in South China.
Setting: This study was conducted at a secondary cancer care centre located in South China. Participants: 31 women with cervical cancer after primary cancer treatment, aged 18-60 years, were purposively selected using non-random sampling procedures.
Results: 31 cervical cancer survivors joined this study. Of these, 20 women (64.5%) reported cognitive complaints after cancer treatment. The most common complaint was loss of concentration (n=17, 85.0%). Perceived contributing factors to these cognitive complaints included chemotherapy (n=15, 75.0%) and ageing (n=8, 40.0%). These cognitive problems most commonly impacted daily living (n=20, 100%). Common supportive care needs included symptom management strategies (n=11, 55.0%) and counselling services (n=8, 40.0%).
Conclusion: This study adds new insight into the growing body of research on cognitive complaints by cancer survivors, in particular Chinese cervical cancer survivors. Improved understanding of cognitive complaints could subsequently facilitate the development of relevant therapeutic interventions for prevention as well as the provision of supportive care services, such as educational and counselling services, to reduce cognitive impairment in women with cervical cancer.
Keywords: Cervical cancer
Cognitive complaints
Supportive care needs
Survivors
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group Ltd
Journal: BMJ open 
EISSN: 2044-6055
DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014078
Rights: © Article author(s) (or their employer(s) unless otherwise stated in the text of the article) 2017. All rights reserved. No commercial use is permitted unless otherwise expressly granted.
This is an Open Access article distributed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC BY-NC 4.0) license, which permits others to distribute, remix, adapt, build upon this work non-commercially, and license their derivative works on different terms, provided the original work is properly cited and the use is non-commercial. See: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
The following publication Zeng Y, Cheng ASK, Liu X, et al. Cervical cancer survivors’ perceived cognitive complaints and supportive care needs in mainland China: a qualitative study. BMJ Open 2017;7:e014078 is available at https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014078
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