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No turning back’ Psycho-oncology in the time of COVID-19 - insights from a survey of UK professionals

No turning back’ Psycho-oncology in the time of COVID-19 - insights from a survey of UK professionals
No turning back’ Psycho-oncology in the time of COVID-19 - insights from a survey of UK professionals
Key points
To gain insight on UK professionals' experiences and views of the impact of the COVID‐19 pandemic on psycho‐oncology activity, the British Psychosocial Oncology Society (BPOS) conducted an online survey of members and UK colleagues
Qualitative data from 94 respondents were analysed thematically. Key themes were summarised using the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) framework
Professionals reported severe disruptions in delivering clinical and supportive care to people affected by cancer and associated research activity. There were major concerns that the full impact of the pandemic is yet to be realised.
In both care and research settings, the pandemic has also been an impetus for positive changes in working practices, technology adoption, reducing process barriers and fostering collaborations which has to potential to be sustained.
To mitigate ongoing challenges, is it vital that cancer organisations work together to adapt and promote psycho‐oncology activity to maximise benefit for patients and professionals in the longer‐term.
COVID-19, Psycho-Oncology, United Kingdom, cancer, coronavirus, research, survey methodology
1057-9249
1430-1435
Archer, Stephanie
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Holch, Patricia
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Armes, Jo
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Calman, Lynn
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Foster, Claire
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Archer, Stephanie, Holch, Patricia, Armes, Jo, Calman, Lynn, Foster, Claire, Gelcich, Sarah, MacLennan, Sara and Absolom, Kate (2020) No turning back’ Psycho-oncology in the time of COVID-19 - insights from a survey of UK professionals. Psycho-Oncology, 29 (9), 1430-1435. (doi:10.1002/pon.5486).

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Abstract

Key points
To gain insight on UK professionals' experiences and views of the impact of the COVID‐19 pandemic on psycho‐oncology activity, the British Psychosocial Oncology Society (BPOS) conducted an online survey of members and UK colleagues
Qualitative data from 94 respondents were analysed thematically. Key themes were summarised using the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) framework
Professionals reported severe disruptions in delivering clinical and supportive care to people affected by cancer and associated research activity. There were major concerns that the full impact of the pandemic is yet to be realised.
In both care and research settings, the pandemic has also been an impetus for positive changes in working practices, technology adoption, reducing process barriers and fostering collaborations which has to potential to be sustained.
To mitigate ongoing challenges, is it vital that cancer organisations work together to adapt and promote psycho‐oncology activity to maximise benefit for patients and professionals in the longer‐term.

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Accepted/In Press date: 10 July 2020
e-pub ahead of print date: 20 July 2020
Published date: 1 September 2020
Keywords: COVID-19, Psycho-Oncology, United Kingdom, cancer, coronavirus, research, survey methodology

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Local EPrints ID: 442872
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/442872
ISSN: 1057-9249
PURE UUID: c5ca50d6-a44c-4373-9c31-73ecc3e95b0f
ORCID for Lynn Calman: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-9964-6017
ORCID for Claire Foster: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4703-8378

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Date deposited: 30 Jul 2020 16:30
Last modified: 23 Jul 2022 02:04

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Author: Stephanie Archer
Author: Patricia Holch
Author: Jo Armes
Author: Lynn Calman ORCID iD
Author: Claire Foster ORCID iD
Author: Sarah Gelcich
Author: Sara MacLennan
Author: Kate Absolom

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