Some individuals can be at increased risk of experiencing distress because of a range of social, personal or clinical circumstances (see below). Recognising these risk factors can assist in focusing the discussion with individuals about their concerns and facilitate early intervention and appropriate referrals if required.4
Table 2: Factors associated with an increased risk of psychosocial problems4
Review one of the Optimal Care Pathways for a specific cancer type and list supportive care needs to consider for an individual diagnosed with that cancer.
- Describe demographic, cancer related and social factors that might place a person at increased risk of unmet need when newly diagnosed with that cancer.
Identify which of the risk factors in Table 2 are common to your patient populations.
Outline the process for identifying these risk factors in your clinical practice
Watch the vignette Jane’s story 1: Meet Jane.
- Identify the risk factors which would indicate Jane is at increased risk of experiencing distress.
- Consider the supportive care needs Jane may experience throughout her treatment journey:
Access the video Understanding the needs of Cancer Survivors, and complete the following:
- List the common supportive care needs experienced in the post treatment phase.
- Describe demographic, cancer related and social factors that might place a person at increased risk of unmet need at this time.