Service Providers' Perceptions of Support Needs for Indigenous Cancer Patients in Saskatchewan: a Needs Assessment [post]

Jennifer R. Sedgewick, Anum Ali, Andreea Badea, Tracey Carr, Gary Groot
2020 unpublished
Background: In Saskatchewan, Canada, Indigenous cancer care services at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels are intended to improve quality care but can result in a complex, fragmented, and multi-jurisdictional health care system. A multi-phase needs assessment project was initiated to document Indigenous cancer care needs. Guided by Indigenous patient partners, clinicians, academics, and policy makers, the present study reflects a needs assessment of Indigenous cancer supports from
more » ... e perspectives of cancer care service providers.Methods: Qualitative data were collected through three group interviews with 20 service providers for cancer patients and their families at three Saskatchewan cities. Participants included chemotherapy and radiation nurses, social workers, a patient navigator, dieticians, and practicum students. A semi-structured interview guide was used to conduct the sessions to allow for freedom of responses. Data were recorded, transcribed verbatim, and analyzed using thematic analysis. Results: Service providers' perspectives were categorized into five themes: 1) addressing travel-related issues, 2) logistical challenges, 3) improvements to Indigenous-specific health care supports, 4) cultural sensitivity in health care, and 5) consistency in care. Supports differed for the two Indigenous groups, First Nations and Métis. Service providers made recommendations regarding how needs could be met. They saw language translation providers and Elder supports as important. Travel recommendations included medical taxis accommodating for more breaks to alleviate the uncomfortable side effects of cancer treatment and Indigenous-specific accommodations be provided. These recommendations aligned with supports that are available in four other Canadian provinces.Conclusions: These results identified gaps in supports and outlined recommendations to address barriers to cancer care from the perspectives of service providers. These recommendations may inform evidence-based health system interventions for Indigenous cancer patients and ultimately aim to improve cancer care services, quality of life, and health outcomes of Indigenous patients throughout their cancer journey.
doi:10.21203/ fatcat:3qdhwxskznerfbbdbichsu5rdu