Information Needs After Surgery for Colorectal Cancer - From the Perspective of the Patient and Next of Kin
Sample Inclusion criteria are patients over 18 years of age that have gone through a surgery
for colorectal cancer without having a stoma, and their next of kin with whom they live.
Instruments In study I, 100 patients filled in four different instruments 1-2 weeks after
discharge to measure: QOL, information needs, sense of coherence and performance status.
QLQ-C30 and QLQ-CR38 were used to measure QOL. INFO26 were used to measure received
information. The SOC - Sense of Coherence was used to measure sense of coherence. And
finally the scale for ECOG Performance Status was used to measure the level of physical
In study II the same patients filled in the same instruments a second time, 5-7 week after
Information about marital status, occupation, diagnosis and prognosis were taken from the
Interviews In study III 16 patients both filled in the instruments in study I and II, and
were interviewed to gain a deeper understanding of their information needs. The interviews
were semi structured and will be analysed with content analysis.
In study IV the next of kin to patients in study III were interviewed about their own
information needs in connection to discharge.
The interviews were performed twice for each person, 1-2 weeks after discharge and a second
time, 5-7 week after discharge.
Data sampling The data were collected consecutively, and every third patient living together
with their next of kin were asked to participate in the interviews.
Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Prospective
Maria Lithner, RN
Surgical clinic, Lund, Sweden
Sweden: The National Board of Health and Welfare
Etics review Dnr 558/2006