Research Round-up – August 2019 – Kate Gunn & Bogda Koczwara


Paige Druce is the guest host for this episode. She talks to Kate Gunn and Bogda Koczwara about their article Differences in the health, mental health and health-promoting behaviours of rural versus urban cancer survivors in Australia. The article looks at people affected by cancer who live in rural Australia and their experiences of survival compared to their urban equivalents. The study establishes whether self-reported physical and mental health, as well as health-promoting behaviours, differs between rural and urban Australian adults with a history of cancer.

Bogda says that research indicates that survivorship care delivery in both rural and urban settings is much broader than just addressing unique cancer issues like surveillance or fear of recurrence, but that the care needs to address management of risk factors, lifestyle behaviours and secondary prevention. She suggests that GPs and primary care providers are much more skilled than cancer specialists. Indeed that primary care in care delivery provides important holistic and comprehensive care for cancer survivors. They discuss how living in a rural location poses many unique challenges to cancer care that require targeted and multifaceted approaches.

Articles and Links

Differences in the health, mental health and health-promoting behaviours of rural versus urban cancer survivors in Australia.

Rural Cancer Stories

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