Health practices in Europe towards families of older patients with cancer: a scoping review

Hanne Konradsen, Anne Brødsgaard, Birte Østergaard, Erla Kolbrún Svavarsdóttir, Karin B. Dieperink, Lorenz Imhof, Marie Louise Luttik, Romy Mahrer-Imhof, Cristina García-Vivar

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Introduction: In Europe, cancer is one of the predominant causes of mortality and morbidity among older people aged over 65. A diagnosis of cancer can imply a negative impact on the quality of life of the older patients and their families. Despite research examining the impact of cancer on the family, it is unclear what kind of information is available about the types of clinical practice towards older patients with cancer and their families. The aim is to determine the extent, range and variety of research in Europe describing health practices towards families of older patients with cancer and to identify any existing gaps in knowledge. Methods: Scoping review. Results: A total of 12 articles were included, showing that family interventions are generally based on end-of-life care. Most studies used a qualitative approach and involved different types of family member as participants. Most studies were conducted in the UK. Conclusions: Review findings revealed limited knowledge about health practices in Europe towards families with an older patient with cancer. This review indicates a need to increase family-focused research that examines health practices that meet the needs of families of older patients with cancer. Seeing cancer as a chronic disease, there is an urgent need for the implementation of family-focused interventions.

Upprunalegt tungumálEnska
Síður (frá-til)375-389
FræðitímaritScandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
Númer tölublaðs2
ÚtgáfustaðaÚtgefið - 14 apr. 2020


Funding Information:
No funding was received for this study. We thank information specialists Sabina Gillsund and Magdalena Svanberg, Karolinska Institutet University Library, for their supervision during the development of the search strategy.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 The Authors. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Nordic College of Caring Science


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