The impact of supportive nursing care on the needs of men with prostate cancer: a study across seven European countries

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The study by Cockle-Hearne et al (2013) explored the parameters of unmet supportive care needs in men with prostate cancer in relation to the experience of nursing care.


A survey was conducted among a volunteer sample of 1001 men with prostate cancer living in seven European countries. At the time of the survey, 81% of the men had some unmet supportive care needs including psychological, sexual and health system and information needs. The authors suggest that unmet needs should be considered more broadly and not only in relation to disease and treatment factors. Also, consideration should be given around access to nursing care and the components of supportive care provided, especially after therapy, should be considered as imperative to improving men’s treatment outcomes.