The experiences of young people living with cancer in regional and remote Australia: a qualitative study

Sariman, Jodi A., Harris, Nonie M., Harvey, Desley, and Sansom-Daly, Ursula M. (2022) The experiences of young people living with cancer in regional and remote Australia: a qualitative study. Australian Social Work, 75 (2). pp. 205-218.

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There is limited qualitative research specifically exploring the experiences of young people living with cancer in nonmetropolitan Australia. This article reports on an in-depth qualitative study exploring young people’s experiences of diagnosis, treatment, and postcancer care and support, focusing on the impact of living in regional and remote Queensland, Australia. Thematically coded data from in-depth interviews were managed using NVivo 12 qualitative software. Connections with place, knowledge, people, support, lifestyle, and peers were key themes. Travelling for treatment interrupted these connections, with participants desiring treatment closer to home. Preventive social work in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas that supports maintaining connections for young patients from regional and remote areas is recommended. Further research, including the impact on young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer and on the role of social workers, will inform improvements in social work practice.

Item ID: 69688
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1447-0748
Keywords: Nonmetropolitan; Rural; Young People; Adolescent; Cancer; Social Work; Regional; Remote; Australia
Copyright Information: © 2021 Australian Association of Social Workers
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2021 00:31
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4409 Social work > 440901 Clinical social work practice @ 100%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2003 Provision of health and support services > 200301 Allied health therapies (excl. mental health services) @ 100%
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